Safe Kids worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on one specific problem: more children 1 to 14 die from accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls than any other cause. Accidents kill one million children each year around the world and permanently disable many more. And almost all of these injuries are preventable. The organization was founded in Washington, DC in 1987 by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson … (full text / 1/2).

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What We Do: Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children. In the United States, we have contributed to a 45 percent reduction in the child fatality rate from accidental injury – saving an estimated 38,000 children’s lives. Canada achieved a 37 percent reduction in child accidental deaths between 1994 and 2003, while the German child death rate declined 80 percent since 1980 and 75 percent in Austria between 1983 and 2003. We’ve distributed more than 2.5 million bike helmets and 250,000 smoke alarms and checked more than 740,000 car seats.

How We Do It: Safe Kids Worldwide depends on the support of grass roots networks in its 16 member countries to implement safety programs and hands-on training throughout the world. These grass roots networks work closely with law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, health and safety experts, professionals, educators, parents, businesses, foundations, governments, policymakers, volunteers, and most importantly, children to educate and protect families. By mobilizing communities at the local level, we provide public education programs, facilitate engineering and environmental modifications, enact and enforce laws and regulations and conduct research to drive our programs and determine the efficacy of our efforts.

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Vision: Eliminate Accidental Childhood Injury Worldwide
Mission: Safe Kids Worldwide leads coalitions of community partners to prevent accidental injury and death to children ages 14 and under. Safe Kids Worldwide empowers families and communities to: Educate adults and children; create safe environments; Conduct research; Advocate for effective laws.
Target: Safe Kids Worldwide is seeking to decrease the projected accidental injury death rate and/or the injury by 25% in the areas we serve over the next ten years.

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