Growing inequalities in child injury deaths in Europe

Eur J Public Health. 2015 Aug;25(4):660-2. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv100. Epub 2015 Jun 4.


In this short report, we describe and compare mortality data for injuries in children aged <15 years in the WHO European region as estimated by the WHO Global Health Estimates for 2000 and 2011. Child injury deaths have decreased overall. Mortality rate ratios between low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and high-income countries in the region show an increase in relative inequalities for childhood deaths from unintentional injuries and a narrowing from intentional injury. This growing inequality in unintentional injury is a public health concern and calls for renewed efforts to reduce childhood injuries in LMIC the region.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Developed Countries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Developing Countries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality*