Injuries (whether intentional or unintentional) are among the most important contributors to death and disability in Tanzania. Despite their importance however, they continue to be an underappreciated area of study with no significant prevention programs being implemented despite evidence which details it as a prominent health concern.
During the past decade, several studies have shed light on the scale of the problem and provided useful information for understanding the context of the issue at hand. However, a majority of these studies have focused primarily in urban settings with little exploration of the issue in rural locales.
The aim of the 2013 cohort of PeerCorps-CIPCS trainees (July-August) was to pilot an injury registration system in the Nzega District Hospital, which had previously recorded very limited information on the nature of injuries treated within its surgical and outpatient units.