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Professor Towner works with UNICEF in Bangladesh

19 September 2008

Professor Elizabeth Towner, Professor of Child Health in the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health of the University of the West of England, has been invited by UNICEF Bangladesh to be a consultant

WORKING WITH UNICEF BANGLADESH -PREVENTING CHILDHOOD INJURIES IN BANGLADESH

Professor Elizabeth Towner, Professor of Child Health in the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health of the University of the West of England, has been invited by UNICEF Bangladesh to be a consultant on an independent evaluation of a community-based programme of child injury prevention in Bangladesh and to work with a local research company, SURCH to support the study.

Childhood injury is one of the major causes of death in children in Bangladesh – each year 30,000 children die as a result of injuries. As in other low- and middle-income countries as childhood deaths from infectious diseases have declined, the problem of child injury deaths has been revealed. The PRECISE - Prevention of Child Injuries through Social-Intervention and Education programme has been set up by Dr Fazlur Rahman and colleagues from the Centre for Injury Prevention Research in Bangladesh (CIPRB). It was initiated in 2005, component programmes developed and is currently being evaluated in an experimental community based trial, which will report in mid 2009.

Elizabeth Towner will be working on the consultancy project from early August to the middle of December 2008.  She had made a preliminary visit to Bangladesh in early August and will make a second visit in November 2008 and between the two visits will work with Professor Mohammad Shuaib from SURCH in Dhaka and Dr Shumona Shafinaz from UNICEF Bangladesh, supporting the independent evaluation. 

 

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