Open lecture: Traffic & major accidents in fast developing countries – University of Copenhagen

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Open lecture: Traffic & major accidents in fast developing countries

Photo: IRIN news. Heavy traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Samath Dharmaratne from Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka, will give a lecture on traffic accidents and other major accidents in fast developing economies/countries with Sri Lanka as an example.

Dr. Dharmaratne is an expert in the field of injuries and traffic accidents and will be visiting the University of Copenhagen 24-28 March.

According to the WHO injuries are a neglected epidemic in developing countries, causing more than five million deaths each year, roughly equal to the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

More than 90% of injury deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where preventive efforts are often nonexistent, and health-care systems are least prepared to meet the challenge. As such, injuries clearly contribute to the vicious cycle of poverty and the economic and social costs have an impact on individuals, communities and societies. (Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2009).

We hope that you will join us for an interesting afternoon and help us shed light on this under-researched field within global health. The lecture will be followed by questions and discussion.

Time & place

25 March,  13:15-15:00 at the University Campus Center for Sundhed og Samfund (CSS), Øster Farimagsgade 5, Kbh K, room 7.0.34.


Frederikke Storm,

Tel +45 23 83 99 30