Established in 1991 by the Public Health Department of the Hellenic Ministry of Health, Welfare and Social Securities (OJ Hellenic Parliament 1050/91), CEREPRI (Center for Research and Prevention of Injuries) aims to reduce the number of people who sustain injuries in Greece and contributes to international injury research and safety promotion.
Nowadays, it is well known that injuries constitute the most serious health problem facing children and adults until the age of 34 years. One third of the total number of deaths from birth to age 14 is caused by injuries, while during adolescence and young adulthood the number of deaths caused by injuries rapidly increases to 75% and 90% respectively. In fact, injury is one of the greatest killers of people and children worldwide, however, a considerable proportion of injuries are both predictable and preventable.
CEREPRI plays a central role in the field of injury prevention in Greece as well as is the main center representing Greece nationally and internationally regarding injury prevention. It not only conducts epidemiological and statistical programs, but also goes beyond facts and figures to accurately develop prevention strategies in many areas that have not previously been dealt with such as intimate partner violence and accidents and injuries among the elderly. As a result, CEREPRI has become recognized internationally as a leader in injury prevention and representatives from all over the world correspond with us to access our information for use in their own countries. The benefits derived from our Center affect both Greece and other EU countries positively.
The Center operates on the premises of the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Medical School at the University of Athens. The Director of the Center is Professor Eleni Petridou.
- Assessment of the magnitude of the problem, and associated socioeconomic implications on the family and the society at large.
- Identification of socioeconomic or other risk factors of injuries.
- Development of intervention programs based on the correct interpretation and utilization of epidemiological data, emphasizing dissemination of current knowledge, implementation of health education projects, and the development of legal infrastructure for reinforcement of legislation concerning the safety of young people.
- Collaboration with governmental and non-governmental agencies and institutions who share the same aims.
- Setting targets for reduction of injury-related mortality rates among young people.