Childsafe, a campaign of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa (CAPFSA) and Safe Kids Worldwide, updates and analyses available statistics on accidental death and injuries. These statistics form the basis of all the preventative work Childsafe undertakes.
Since 1991, Childsafe has systematically kept a computerised database of all injured children presenting to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit. The number of children seen annually approximate 10 000 children, we therefore have presently approximately 150 000 childhood injuries recorded in our database.
The database serves the purpose of a national surveillance system on childhood injuries in South Africa. The database has been systematically analysed for a large number of clinical and epidemiological studies regarding childhood injuries. Especially adapted data mining computer programming has been utilised to analyse our data.
Our data has been published extensively in various fields such as child abuse, child sexual abuse, gunshot injuries, ingestion of foreign bodies, traffic related Injuries, facial injuries, head injuries, dog bites, and specific orthopaedic injuries such as cervical spine injuries and fractures in osteogenesis imperfecta.
Our database is regarded as the major resource regarding childhood injuries in South Africa by national and international organisations, non-governmental as well as governmental institutions.
Lists of publications are available from the Foundation.