World Trauma Day

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World Trauma Day is observed annually on 17 October. 

Important facts

  • This day is celebrated to focus on the importance of saving lives and safety during the most critical moments of preparedness and adopting important measures.

  • On this day people from all over the world come together to remember those killed or injured as a result of violence and trauma.

  • According to the World Health Organisation, trauma is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide.

  • Trauma can mean any kind of physical and mental injury.

  • The reasons for such injuries can be many such as road accidents, fires, burns, falls, natural or man-made disasters and violent acts etc.

  • Every six minutes in India, a person dies due to a road accident.

Background of the day

  • World Trauma Day was started in 2011 in New Delhi, India.

  • In India, about one million people suffer head injuries every year, of which 75 to 80 percent are due to road accidents.

  • 50 percent of people die due to head injuries and 25 percent of people become disabled.

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