Tomorrow's Health Promotion Conference Focuses on the Prevention of Injuries in Estonia
National Institute for Health Development
Press release Tomorrow's health promotion conference will be focussing on the prevention of injuries in Estonia
On Friday, 8 June, an annual health promotion conference is going to be held in Tallinn; this year the topic is the prevention of injuries. Although a lot has been achieved to prevent injuries in Estonia during the past two decades, we still have one of the highest percentages of deaths caused by injuries in the European Union.
The number of deaths caused by injuries is 2.4 times higher than the European average and is the third most frequent cause of death. Moreover, the number of deaths due to injuries is significantly higher among men than women − working age men in particular. Hence, in the 15−34 age group the main causes of death are traffic accidents, intoxication and suicides; starting from the 35-year-olds the main causes are suicides, alcohol poisonings and falls. In addition to deaths there a large number of medical cases were also caused by injuries and intoxication; according to the data of Estonian Health Insurance Fund there were approximately 243,000 of those, costing 29.9 million euros in total.
During tomorrow's health promotion conference Every Injury Is Preventable that is opened by the Minister of the Interior Ken-Marti Vaher, success stories about preventing injuries in Estonia as well as in Europe will be presented. The conference will be discussing road safety, prevention of intoxication, fire and water-related accidents and the prevention of injuries at home as well as during sports and exercising, also creating a safe environment and the people responsible for violence. At the end of the day, the next actual steps to prevent injuries in Estonia will be explored. The Minister of Social Affairs Hanno Pevkur, member of the Riigikogu and the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee Marko Pomerants and the Managing Director of the Local Governments Association of Viljandi County Jaan Looga are going to participate in the discussion.
During breaks the participants are given the opportunity to browse the informational and instructive materials of different organizations and institutions on the prevention of injuries, including the posters of local injury prevention teams.
The conference is organized by the National Institute for Health Development, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the WHO Office in Estonia, the Estonian Health Promotion Society, the Ministry of Justice, the Police and Boarder Guard Board, the Estonian Road Administration and the Rescue Board. The conference is going to take place in the Russian Theatre in Tallinn (Vabaduse väljak 5) from 10:30 am to 5 pm. The exact schedule and summaries of the conference papers are available on the Health Information website: http://www.terviseinfo.ee/et/sundmused/details/350-tervisedenduse-konverents. All conference papers are also going to be uploaded to the same website after the conference. Additional information: Maris Jakobson, PR Adviser of the National Institute for Health Development, +372 659 3906, +372 5302 2737, maris.jakobson [at] tai.ee