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Injury and violence rank among the leading causes of death worldwide, with more than 5 million deaths annually, representing a significant portion of the global burden of disease. This article examines how injury and violence relate to global health using recent global burden of disease data and selected key studies and databases, and further explores risk factors and intervention initiatives that address unintentional and intentional injuries. The article serves as a call to action to enhance understanding of the growing burden of injury and violence, especially in low-income and middle-income countries, where more than 90% of injuries occur.

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Journal article


Infect Dis Clin North Am

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653 - x


Accidents, Traffic/statistics & numerical data Cause of Death Developing Countries Humans Risk Factors *Violence/prevention & control/statistics & numerical data *World Health *Wounds and Injuries/epidemiology/mortality/prevention & control