Fewer children died last year, 862, than in 2009 (947), the Arizona Department of Health Services reported this week. Pediatricians, social workers, attorneys, advocates, law enforcement and others volunteered more than 5,700 hours to investigate the 862 child deaths. It’s 26 percent fewer than died in 2005 (1,148).
“This downward trend in total number of child deaths and especially the marked decrease in deaths due to prematurity and motor vehicle crashes is good news.” said Mary Rimsza, M.D., chair of the Arizona Child Fatality Review Team. “This decrease shows that we can prevent many child deaths, often by taking simple measures such as increased supervision and ‘buckling up’ our kids.”
One of the findings in this year’s report calls to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths. ADHS is working with counties around the state and local school districts to establish safe routes to school.