According to a new study, researchers examine the interventions such as speeding enforcement and formal swimming lessons for young children could potentially save more than 250,000 lives a year if they were implemented acryoss populations living in extreme poverty in low- and middle-income countries. The study was published in The Lancet Global Helath.

The review found the most successful safety measures involved road safety, with speed enforcement saving more than 80,000 lives per year and drunk-driving enforcement, saving more than 60,000 lives a year. The next category was child safety, with formal swimming lessons for children younger than 14 years saving more than 25,000 lives and the use of crèches, or playpens, to supervise children younger than 5 years, saving more than 10,000 lives

"With such critical lifesaving findings, this new research represents a real opportunity to reduce the global burden of preventable deaths among the world's poorest and most in-need populations," said Andres I. Vecino-Ortiz, MD, Where there is arguably the greatest need for help, this study shows something can be done. To estimate the effect of these interventions.

From the 102 countries in the NCDI commission, 18 were excluded due to absent or inadequate data. Following a literature review of more than 500 publications, Vecino-Ortiz and his colleagues isolated 11 measures that had a significant effect on mortality. Six were for road traffic injuries, while the remaining five were for drowning. No data on mortality for interventions were found that addressed falls, burns or poisonings.

The Author decision makers to implement evidence-based, effective safety measures to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. Also, this study reveals the concerning gaps in knowledge on the effectiveness of injury interventions in low- and middle-income countries.

In these 84 countries where the poorest billion people live, the burden of unintentional injuries is tragically increasing. But these interventions have the potential to save countless lives and make a significant impact on communities, said Adnan A. Hyder, MD. With more support and a greater focus on studying injury interventions, global health researchers can save even more lives.