About This Project

What is the Global Burden of Injuries project?
Reliable estimates of the incidence and burden of injuries are essential inputs for prioritizing national safety strategies. While population based injury surveillance systems are obviously the best source for such information, it is also widely recognized that such infrastructure is unlikely to be established in most of the world for several decades.  Thus, there is an urgent need for analytical tools that can be used to derive reasonable estimates from a wide range of existing sources, including hospital records, police reports, health surveys, death registers, among many others. 
 
Thus, the Global Burden of Disease-2010 (GBD) Injury Expert Group has been working towards ensuring that the best data and methods flow into the GBD-2010 project and the best estimates of the burden of injuries flow out of the GBD-2010 project. However, the GBD-2010 project is a time-limited project that will end in late 2011. There is a need to continue building such tools in the longer term. The Global Burden of Injuries project is the umbrella under which we hope such work will be continued in the longer term.

Who funds this project?
This website is a collection of projects that are closely associated with work that can help improve estimates of the global burden of injuries. There is no funder for the Global Burden of Injuries project but many of the affiliated projects (listed under the PROJECTS section) derive funding from sources that are described in their respective sections. 
 
Who manages this website now and who will manage it in the future?
This website is currently managed by Kavi Bhalla (kavibhalla@gmail.com). However, it is expected that the main contributors to this website will change in time as other groups undertake other projects related with improving estimates of the global burden of injuries.

Who are the collaborators/members of the project?
Although we do not yet have a formal membership list, it is expected that membership would be open to anybody interested in the project. 
For now, if you would like to participate in this work, please sign up as a member of the GBD-2010 Injury Expert group (see instructions and membership details on the expert group website). As the work of the GBD-2010 Injury Expert group draws to a close, we anticipate that all members of the group will be invited to become collaborating members of the Global Burden of Injuries project.

Feedback and Comments

This website is a work in progress. You can provide feedback on the comments page or send email to kavibhalla@gmail.com

Global Data Repository

Injury Mortality Data Collection: This is the global injury mortality data collection of the GBD-Injury expert group. It contains death counts tabulated by country, year, age, sex, and external cause of injury.

Injury Survey Data Collection: This is the global injury survey data collection of the GBD-Injury expert group. The online database provides survey metadata, questionnaires, and extracted estimates of the incidence of injuries.  

Recent Events

2010 Swansea Injury Forum
Oct 17-20 2010, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK
The Swansea Injury Forum was a satellite pre-meeting of the Safety 2010 World Conference held in London. A cluster of meetings associated with ongoing work in global injury metrics were held including: a meeting to discuss progress on estimating the burden of injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa; a joint meeting of the GBD-Injury Expert group and the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on Injury Statistics, and, a meeting of the ICD-11 revision group for external causes of injuries.  

2009 Boston GBD-ICE Injury Meetings
Oct 7-10 2009, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
A cluster of meetings associated with ongoing work in global injury metrics were held in Boston. These included: a meeting to plan collaborative work for estimating the burden of injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa; a joint meeting of the GBD-Injury Expert group and the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on Injury Statistics, and, a meeting of the ICD-11 revision group for external causes of injuries.  

Current Projects

INJURY VIBES: Measuring burden of non-fatal injuries
The INJURY VIBES project aims to improve the measurement of non-fatal burden of injuries and validate the methods of the Global Burden of Disease study. The project uses data from the six largest and most comprehensive cohort studies across five countries that measure functional outcomes following non-fatal injuries. Click here to visit this project's website. 

Recent Projects

GBD-2010 Project: GBD-Injury Expert Group
This is the home page of the expert group established to ensure that the burden of injury estimates produced in the current revision of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD-2010) study are based on the best inputs and methods. Click here to visit this project's website.

This is the home page of the Harvard University road injuries metrics project. The primary goal of this project was to produce country level estimates of the incidence of deaths and non-fatal road injuries in 18 developing countries. The project is funded by a grant from the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility.  Click here to visit this project's website.

This study seeks to estimate the burden of injuries in the four sub-Saharan African regions (East, West, South and Central). The project is funded by a grant from the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility. Click here to visit this project's website.