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Most of these measures have also been proven to be cost-effective, because the benefits of preventing injuries often outweigh the costs of intervention by a factor of ten;

Even in countries with a good safety record and in risk areas where significant injury reductions have been achieved, there are still opportunities for further improvements and health gains. A multi-sectoral approach is required in order to deal with common risk factors such as alcohol abuse, which is a major contributing factor in both accidents and intentional injuries.

It is still possible, therefore, to make a major difference by bringing together stakeholders from all the sectors and by fostering co-operation and concerted action within the Community and in neighbouring countries.

4.Community Action plan

The following Action Plan is designed to give the Community the evidence-based information that is needed to help all Member States reduce the burden of injuries. The ultimate goal is to reduce injury mortality and morbidity and to ensure that the Community becomes a safer place to live in. The fulfilment of this vision requires that Member States acknowledge the challenges of injury prevention and place injury prevention and safety promotion higher on their list of public health priorities.

4.1.Basic infrastructures for injury prevention

Community action in the field of public health will create added value by:

Quantifying the problems, identifying risk factors and measuring the effectiveness of interventions;

Identifying, adapting and proposing evidence-based and cost-efficient interventions and sharing experiences;

Supporting the building of capacity for tackling the issue;

Facilitating the development of multi-sectoral policies and programmes, guided by the health sector;

Initiating campaigns for injury prevention.

4.1.1.Community-wide injury surveillance

The aim of a common information system on accidents and injuries is to provide all stakeholders with the best available information about the magnitude of the problem including high-risk population groups as well as major risk determinants and risks linked to certain consumer products and services. This information is a prerequisite for policy making, gearing of actions, and evaluation of outcome.

The Community injury information system will be built on experiences from national systems of some Member States and will:

Provide a comprehensive picture of all injury risks in Member States as well as in the Community;

Combine injury data from health statistics collected within the European Statistical System (causes of death, hospital statistics, health interview and other household


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