First Ever Childhood Injury Prevention Organization Begins Operations in India
Mumbai, 20th September, 2007—Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of non-profit organizations, has joined with the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust to launch the Safe Kids Foundation in Mumbai. The foundation is dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries such as road traffic injuries, falls, burns, drowning and poisoning to children ages 14 and younger.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, there were 15,281 children ages 14 and younger reported as killed by unintentional injuries in
“The creation of the Safe Kids Foundation in
“Both adults and children must understand that we have the power to prevent many injuries and injury related deaths before they occur,” said Martin Eichelberger, M.D., the chairman and founder of Safe Kids Worldwide. “The answer is not better hospitals or more doctors. The answer is prevention. By fully understanding the dangers children face and teaching them how to stay safe we can keep them out of the hospital’s emergency room.”
“Safety is of the utmost importance at FedEx and we are delighted to support the launch of the Safe Kids Foundation in
The study sponsored by FedEx also revealed that 88 percent of medical personnel surveyed believed that education and awareness programs would be beneficial in preventing unintentional injuries to children. It also sought to quantify the types and severity of unintentional injuries to children by studying data from four major hospitals in Mumbai. Due to the thousands of private medical facilities in Mumbai, accurate injury data is difficult to compile, however the hospital data supported the findings of the survey of professionals.
The studies were funded through grants from long-standing Safe Kids sponsor FedEx , which also provided infrastructure funding to help establish the organization.
The partnership between the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust and Safe Kids Worldwide began when Mehta and Eichelberger both received major Awards from the World of Children in 2003. Both men have a long history of charitable work benefiting children. Mr. Mehta’s extensive work with children, in
FedEx and Safe Kids Foundation
FedEx has sponsored Safe Kids Walk This Way, Safe Kids Worldwide’s pedestrian program since 1999. The Walk This Way program operates in 7 countries and is the first program of the Safe Kids Foundation to begin injury prevention activities for children in
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 17 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. The organization was founded in 1987 by Children’s
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