What is it about?

Child Health, Injury Prevention and community mobilisation: The proportion of children suffering from injuries is increasing with the decline in tradition childhood illnesses i.e. diarrhoea, lower respiratory infection and vaccine preventable diseases. We worked with 9 local mothers' groups each led by one female community health volunteer. The concept of childhood injuries was introduced in their regular monthly meetings.

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Why is it important?

We were successful in highlighting the hidden problem of child injuries, which used to be more like a neglected issue before. We collaborated with these community groups and discussed for 6 months (1 meeting each month) on what are potential hazards around home and wider environment? and how these can be addressed? We generated very useful products; including mothers group facilitation guide and reading materials for parents.

Perspectives

Mothers' group members and the community, appreciated the work because the community groups and parents felt they were enabled to identify local hazards and risks for injuries and ways to eliminate them working together with communities and using local resources. (Note: This paper is only abstract and the project report is available upon request.)

Dr Puspa Raj Pant
University of the West of England

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This page is a summary of: 181 Developing educational package on child injury prevention mobilising womens’ groups in rural nepal, Injury Prevention, September 2016, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042156.181.
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