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Child Home Injury Hazards: Observations from Palestine

Intima Alrimawi, Michael Craig Watson, Carol Hall, Mohammed ALBashtawy

Background: Unintentional injuries are a growing global public health problem that causes mortality, morbidity and disability among children. These injuries are most common among under-fives and form a significant burden on healthcare systems, particularly in low and middle income countries. Home environment is a key element in injury prevention that should be investigated. In Palestine there is a paucity of research in this area. Objective: To investigate potential safety hazards within homes and the mothers' interventions to reduce potential risks among their under-five years children in Ramallah district. Design: Qualitative, case study approach was used. Setting: This case study research investigated three types of residential setting (camp, rural and urban) in the Ramallah District of Palestine. Methods: Twelve mothers (four in each setting) were purposively selected to participate in this study through observing their home environments, and asking them for clarification around these observations. The derived data were analyzed using the content analysis.