On October 17th, World Trauma Day is celebrated around the world by those who have been affected by traumatic experiences or dangerous situations. This holiday is especially important for sharing information and teaching people how to save and protect their lives in dangerous situations. Over the past 45 years, more people have died from injuries than from tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS combined.
World Trauma Day was founded in 2011 in the Indian city of New Delhi in remembrance of the 400 people who died in one of the largest traffic accidents in India. The holiday was created to remember and honor the dead, as well as to remind us of the need to prevent injuries and learn how to provide first aid. Every year, more than 6 million people die from injuries, which is 10% of the global number of deaths, and most of these injuries happen in low-income countries. Traumatic injuries can include psychological violence, traffic accidents, fires, natural disasters, armed attacks, and more.
- In 1848, an accidental explosion stuck a metal rod in railway worker Phineas Gage’s head, but he was operated on and survived, living for another 12 years before dying of an epileptic seizure at the age of 36.
- In the final of the 1956 football championship, the goalkeeper played with a broken neck: 15 minutes before the end of the match, a Manchester City player received a knee to the neck from the Birmingham striker, but was able to continue the match that brought his team victory.
- On the set of Troy, Brad Pitt played Achilles and actively trained with a sword, as a result of which he injured his own Achilles tendon.
How to take part
This holiday is a good opportunity for self-education and preparation for a collision with potentially dangerous situations. It is difficult to prepare for all possible dangers, but we can observe safety precautions at home and on the street, and not violate traffic rules. We can also collect a first aid kit with drugs and supplies necessary for first aid in case of poisoning, allergies, cuts, fractures. On this day, we can also help others by talking on social networks or on a personal blog about how to protect yourself in case of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other dangerous incidents.
When is World Trauma Day celebrated in 2023?
World Trauma Day is observed on October 17 each year.