Reducing Preventable Injury in Malawi
Calling Health Sector Leaders to Improve Their Trauma Care
Most injuries are preventable, but they continue to be a major cause of death and disability in low- to middle-income countries, especially for young people. This has numerous social and economic consequences. Since Malawi doesn’t have a formal pre-hospital trauma care system, there is limited access to hospital-based trauma care, orthopedic surgery, and rehabilitation. While some hospitals and research teams have established local trauma registries that quantified the burden of preventable injuries in parts of Malawi, there isn’t a national injury surveillance database compiling the data needed in order to develop and implement evidence-based prevention initiatives and guidelines to improve the quality of clinical care. This study acts as a call to action for health sector leaders across Malawi to improve their trauma care and reduce the injury burden in the country.