oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Alcohol and injuries - a clear link : editorial

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Injuries, alongside infectious diseases and chronic health conditions, are significant contributors to Africa's burden of disease with injury death rates currently 60% higher than global averages. As increased motorisation exposes more Africans to the risk of collisions and conflicts continue unabated, the WHO estimates that injuries will increase to rank as the second major contributor to African mortality by 2020. The situation in South Africa is even worse : road traffic mortality rates are more than 50% higher than global averages and the homicide rate approximately four times higher.

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