The Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize, launched the new report, Estimation of the Economic Impact of Road Traffic Injuries in Belize, on 26 November 2010.
Road traffic injuries (RTI) have an important negative impact at all levels. RTI cause a high number of sick leave days and produce an elevated amount of healthy life years lost. All this has serious consequences on Belizean society as a whole. With the high rate of road traffic injuries in Belize, there is a need to document the economic burden of RTI in the country. These results make evident the great problem that RTI cause to the health system in Belize and to the society as a whole. The economic cost estimations make clear the need to prevent RTI utilizing a strategic and multisectoral approach that focuses on addressing the main problems identified.
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