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Children injuries in a rural area of Vietnam - Identifying the causes and the risk factors leading to children injuries in Ba Vi, Ha Tay

Children injuries in a rural area of Vietnam - Identifying the causes and the risk factors leading to children injuries in Ba Vi, Ha Tay

 

Hoang Thi Phuong, Hoang Minh Hang, Lars Lindholm

 

Master thesis in public health

Umea University, Sweden, 2004

 

Objectives: To describe the pattern of unanticipated injuries in children, identify some causes and the main risk factors leading to children injuries and suggest some solutions for prevention.

Methods: Cohort research including four cross-sectional studies in Ba Vi district in 2000. Each of the studies asked about the situation of injuries in the last three months prior to the interview.

Findings: 620 out of the total of 7.027 children between 0-14 years of age were found to be injured in 2000, constituting 30% of the total of injuries of all ages. The proportion of new injuries in children is 88/1000. The main cause is traffic (29/1000) and sharp objects (11/1000). There is a clear difference in the proportion of injuries between boys and girls and also among age groups. This proportion for boys nearly doubles that of girls (rate ratio: 1,98:1). There is a difference of statistic value between the causes and the risk factors leading to injuries such as poverty, unsafe environment.

Conclusion: Injuries in traffic, at home and at school is a serious problem for Ba Vi district in particular, and for Vietnam in general. In order to ensure a safe environment for children to live and study, it is necessary to have a national programme about children injuries prevention.

03/08/2006
 
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