Accidental injury is the number one cause of death among children ages 14 and under in the United States. Also, each year one out of every four children needs medical attention for an accidental injury.
Safe Kids Savannah is one of more than 600 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Savannah is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. We know our efforts are needed because as many as 90 percent of accidental injuries can be prevented.
The Safe Kids Savannah Coalition was initiated in 1988 in response to a nation wide call from Dr. Martin Eichelberger, a pediatric surgeon practicing at the Children's Medical Center in Washington, DC. In Savannah, representatives from local organizations and individuals came together with the common goal of preventing accidental childhood injuries. Today the Coalition's work continues in that same spirit in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, and Liberty counties.