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Joint scientific cooperation is the key to confronting a public health problem. It also provides a valuable means of sharing information in the attempt to achieve the most effective results. The prevention of injuries is not an exception. The collaborating associations of CEREPRI are comprised of governmental, non-governmental, academic and industrial institutions that have adopted the principle of social-business responsibilities and aim at the prevention and control of injuries. In addition to our stable collaborations, partnerships with individuals, who share our interest in injury research and prevention, are developing and fruitful.

Governmental Organizations
Hellenic Organization of Standardization (ELOT)

CEREPRI provides ELOT with child injury data. This information is necessary in order to improve the existing standards of consumer products. CEREPRI attends ELOT committee meetings.

 Hospitals

CEREPRI collaborates with hospital doctors and researchers who conduct studies by providing them with statistical data and scientific support. The data is developed through the CEREPRI database (EDISS) as well as strategic research projects. Presently, CEREPRI is working with the Intensive Care Unit of A. Kyriakou Children’s Hospital, Orthopedics Surgeries ORL Neurological Surgery Clinics and two Pediatric Hospitals to survey the reasons for burns, head injuries, bruises, foreign bodies in natural cavities and other relevant issues. CEREPRI collaborated with the Second Orthopedic Clinic of Asclipieion Voula’s Hospital for the study on injuries that had occurred to independently living or institutionalized elderly (over the age of 65). In addition, the Center worked with the General District Hospital of Volos to research sporting activity injuries, head injuries and arm fractures.

Police Traffic Department of Hania, Crete Island

The Police Traffic Department of Hania worked together with CEREPRI to gather statistical information about the usage of passive safety of cars (seatbelts and child car seats). The Department distributed promotional materials about the prevention of traffic accidents to the public.

 Regional Health Center (PESY)

CEREPRI is cooperating with the Regional Health Center in the southern Aegean in the Cyclades for the promotion of the Child Car Restraint Program in the Cyclades District. The program is affiliated with the Prevention of Traffic Injuries Program in the Cyclades. Parallel to this, the Center collaborates with the Regional Health Center of Thessalia and the Health Center of Kalabaka for the development of a recording system on injuries using up-to-date technologies. The scientist committee of the respective Health Center underwent training for the recording of injuries by using the MDS questionnaire that has been developed under the auspices of the European Project Minimum Data Sets on Injuries in the European Union.

 Universities and National Public Health Schools

CEREPRI cooperated with the department of Transportation and Organization, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technical School at the Aristotle University for road safety issues. For the National Public Health School, CEREPRI provided statistical information regarding injuries of all causes among children and youth from birth to age 18.

International Organizations and Committees
ANEC, ICE Ergonomics LTD, UK-Consumer Risk LTD, Swedish Consumer Agency

CEREPRI is an active member of the Child Working Group of the European Association for the Coordination of Consumer Safety Representation (ANEC) www.anec.org. CEREPRI is also part of the work teams of ICE Ergonomics LTD, UK-Consumer Risk LTD and the Swedish Consumer Agency. The Center participates in conferences providing knowledge and experience from Greece regarding prevention on injuries among children.

www.anec.org
 Emergency Committee on the Food Safety Directive of the European Union

CEREPRI initiated the examination of injury hazards posed by toys packaged with food. The data collected was developed and interpreted by EDISS. This was followed by an analysis of the results by the Emergency Committee on the Food Safety Directive of the European Union and the European Parliament conducted a further study. Objective discussions by the international organization, ANEC, took place as ANEC is authorized to create standards for consumer products.

European Consumer Safety Association - European Child Safety Alliance

CEREPRI cooperates with the European Consumer Safety Association and is one of the founding members of the European Child Safety Alliance that aims to prevent injuries among children of all ages throughout Europe

www.ecosa.org
 European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR)

CEREPRI is a member of FEVR, participates in meetings and conferences and implements their European activities at a national level.

www.fevr.org
 The Harvard Injury Control Research Center, School of Public Health of Harvard University

CEREPRI and the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Athens collaborate with The Harvard Injury Control Research Center of the School of Public Health at Harvard University through medical research and publications.

www.hsph.harvard.edu/hicrc
Non-Governmental Organizations
The Hellenic Society for Social Pediatrics and Health Promotion (SOCPED)

CEREPRI collaborated with the Hellenic Society for Social Pediatrics and Health Promotion during the 15th National Conference of the Hellenic Society for Social Pediatrics and Health Promotion that was held in Larissa (Greece) in May 2003. SOCPED has also contributed to the designing and implementation of the campaign for child drowning prevention. CEREPRI actively collaborates with SOCPED in undertaking researches for the prevention of injuries.

www.socped.gr

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