The Global Burden of Musculoskeletal Injuries: Challenges and Solutions

  • Charles MockEmail author
  • Meena Nathan Cherian
Symposium: ABJS/C.T. Brighton Workshop on Trauma in the Developing World


Musculoskeletal injuries are a major public health problem globally, contributing a large burden of disability and suffering. This burden could be considerably lowered by implementation of affordable and sustainable strategies to strengthen orthopaedic trauma care, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This article summarizes the global burden of musculoskeletal injuries and provides several examples of successful programs that have improved care of injuries in health facilities in low- and middle-income countries. Finally, it discusses WHO efforts to build on the country experiences and to make progress in lowering the burden of musculoskeletal injuries globally.


Trauma Care Musculoskeletal Injury World Health Assembly Prehospital Trauma Trauma Care System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and DisabilityWHOGeneva 27Switzerland
  2. 2.Department of Essential Health TechnologiesWHOGenevaSwitzerland

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