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European Child Safety Alliance wins Gastein European Health Award 2011, 12/10/11 [W/E/S/NI]

The European Child Safety Alliance has been presented with this year’s European Health Award, for a pioneering project on child accident prevention.

The Alliance, of which Children in Wales is a member, has created a system of monitoring and reducing unintentional injuries.

The Child Safety Report Card strategy identifies strengths and weaknesses in national child safety measures, and recommends policies that are known to reduce injuries and deaths. This year it is being used in 32 countries.

Across European states, more than 10,000 children die each year as a result of unintended injury, with many more incurring injury and disability. An estimated 90% of these could be prevented, yet no member state has yet adopted all strategies known to be effective. The report card is a practical way of monitoring, benchmarking and publicising the situation.

The European Health Award is aimed at medical initiatives across Europe where more than one country has been involved in a project which benefits a large patient group or lsection of the population, and can also be used in other states.

Nine cross-border health projects were short listed for the award this year, covering child injuries, cardiovascular risk, osteoporosis, the strengthening of primary care, education about sexual diseases, and diabetes prevention.

The Child Safety Report Card initiative is a component of ECSA´s Child Safety Action Plan project which launched in 2007, and the initiative will be continued under ECSA´s new TACTICS project with the support of the European Commission.

Please visit the European Child Safety Alliance website for further details about the award and the winning initiative, as well as other news from the recent Steering group meeting which Children in Wales attended in Rome.

For more information about Children in Wales’ work on child accident prevention, please contact Karen McFarlane on 02920 342434 or at Karen.mcfarlane@childreninwales.org.uk.