Globally, around 5 million people die from injuries every year, and a staggering 90% of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Millions are left with temporary or permanent disability from injury, especially children.
In Ghana, where a quarter of the population is 10 years or younger, unintentional injury accounted for 37 deaths per 100,000 children under the age of 14 in 2010.
In one of the largest cities in Ghana, Kumasi, one third of the injured never receive medical care at a clinic or hospital. In rural Ghana, almost half of families do not seek care for an injured child. Furthermore, people who did not receive proper initial care for injuries experience greater associated morbidity/disability when proper care is eventually sought.
The paucity of adequate centres to manage paediatric trauma/fractures and a lack of properly trained paediatric trauma surgeons and other caregivers compounds the burden. The strong role of the traditional bonesetters due to accepted traditions and poverty has led to poor outcomes, including paediatric amputations, a devastating but preventable clinical outcome.
AO Alliance recognizes that reducing the burden of paediatric injury prevention and improvements in trauma and fracture care. The treatment of fractures in children is simple.
- Deadline for submission of manuscripts, April 14th, 2018