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Center for Injury Research


Introduction

Injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability in world, with a greater proportion of burden falling on low and middle income countries. For example, injuries lead to more than 1.1 million deaths in India and are associated with more 61 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) each year, which constitutes more than 20% of the global deaths and DALYs due to injuries each year (IHME, 2013). In India, injuries are responsible for about 12% of all deaths and DALYs lost due to all causes. Road traffic Injuries are the most common type of injury and were the tenth leading cause of years of life lost in India in 2013. Efforts to understand and prevent injuries in India do not match the scale of problem. Non-communicable diseases (53.4%) and injuries (11.8%) now constitute the bulk of India’s disease burden. National Health Programs for non-communicable diseases are very limited in coverage and scope. The disease conditions (primarily communicable) for which national programs do provide universal coverage account for less than 10% of all mortalities and only for about 15% of all morbidities. Clearly, there is a growing need to conduct research to enhance understanding of injury epidemiology, identify interventions to mitigate impact of injuries, develop program strategies to increase the reach of these interventions, and to build capacity for independent research on injuries in India.
The IIHMR University, Jaipur has established a Center for Injury Research to enhance understanding and build capacity for injury prevention and control research in India and South Asia.