An injury prevention programme was launched yesterday to help old people living in remote areas. Chinese University medical specialists and social welfare group Caritas will run a mobile van to check on elderly people to help prevent accidents at home. A team of specialist nurses and physiotherapists from the university will staff the van, which will tour Hong Kong, including Lantau Island. An estimated 140,000 elderly people suffer injuries in falls each year, according to a Chinese University study last year. The outreach medical team will offer services that include tests on balance, eyesight, bone density and blood pressure. The project is expected to serve 3,000 old people over three years and follows a donation of $1.4 million by the S. K. Yee Medical Foundation. 'Hip fractures are one of the major causes of disability and long- term hospitalisation of old people,' the chairman of the university's department of orthopaedics and traumatology, Leung Kwok-siu, said yesterday. Professor Leung said elderly people with hip fractures ran serious risks when they underwent operations because of poor health or various underlying illnesses.