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Injury a leading killer for children in Asia.

Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children in Bangladesh, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, with drowning taking the heaviest toll, according to recent surveys.

A child born in Asia is at the greatest risk of dying during the first month of life, but after infancy the risk for dying from injury rises as children grow more independent and interact with their environment. Survey results released by UNICEF found that nearly half of all injury-related child deaths occur among those younger than 5. Toddlers ages 1-4 are at greatest risk from drowning, school-aged children ages 5-9 are at increased risk for drowning and road traffic accidents, and adolescents ages 10-17 are more exposed to risk-taking behavior and violence.

While Asia has made major progress in cutting the number of deaths among children younger than 5 through extended vaccination coverage, improved nutrition and better access to sanitation and good hygiene, injury "is and has been a major killer," said Pete Peterson, president of the Alliance for Safe Children.

More information is available at www.unicef. org/eapro.
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Title Annotation:GLOBE IN BRIEF
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Date:May 1, 2008
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