On 24 May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted an historic resolution entitled “Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children”. Through the resolution, which was co-sponsored by 24 governments, the WHA notes that violence persists in every country of the world as a major challenge to public health. WHO is requested to prepare its first ever global plan of action on strengthening the role of the health system in addressing interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children; and finalize its global status report in 2014. Member States are urged to ensure that all people affected by violence have timely, effective and affordable access to health services.
In an historic move, the 67th World Health Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing the WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability. The Action Plan will provide a major boost to WHO and governments’ efforts to enhance the quality of life of the one billion people around the world with disabilities. The Action Plan, called for by the 66th World Health Assembly one year ago, is based on the recommendations of the WHO and World Bank World report on disability and in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
On 10 April 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on “Improving global road safety”. The resolution was sponsored by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by dozens of other countries. Among key decisions, the resolution welcomes the offer of the Government of Brazil to host the Second Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in 2015; encourages the inclusion of road safety in the post-2015 development agenda; invites WHO to continue monitoring progress in the Decade of Action; and requests organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015 on children and road safety.
Ministries of health have a key role in addressing injuries and violence, in the context of a multi-sectoral response. This document was developed to help ministries of health understand their precise role in setting up durable and effective programmes. It leads the user through the stages of designing, implementing and evaluating injury and violence prevention efforts, always stressing collaboration with other sectors. The various tasks of organization, policy development, data collection, advocacy and capacity-building are described. Both new and established units of injury and violence prevention should find inspiration for their programmes in this document.
>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violenceViolence prevention
Road traffic injuries
50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclistsGlobal status report on road safety 2013
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
30 June 2014
In previous months, WHO produced and disseminated seven new television adverts as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme. The adverts focus on the health consequences and enforcement of laws around speeding, e-bikes, and the failure to wear motorcycle helmets in Brazil, China and India respectively.
28 June 2014
As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, WHO hosted from 26-28 June a first ever training for road safety television journalists in Hanoi, Viet Nam. 15 road safety television journalists from 6 state-owned television channels participated.
25 June 2014
Ministry of Health Focal Persons for Injury Prevention in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region convene in Amman, Jordan
On 23-25 June, 20 focal persons from 17 countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region participated in the Regional Meeting for Ministry of Health Focal Persons for Injury Prevention, organized by WHO EMRO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Jordan.
20 June 2014
Workshop held to strengthen public health approach to violence prevention and response in East Africa
In the WHO African Region, 37% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner. Such violence has a tremendous impact on the health of women. Preventing and responding to violence against women requires a multi-sectoral approach and the health sector has a critical role to play. This need formed the basis of a workshop held in Entebbe, Uganda from 17-20 June, which aimed to strengthen the capacities of health and other sectors to implement a public health approach to preventing and responding to violence against women
12 June 2014
Special Issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence to highlight violence against people with disability
The Special Issue will be published in print form in November 2014, but the eight papers included in it and the introduction are already available on Journal of Interpersonal Violence OnlineFirst. This Special Issue addresses an area that has long been neglected. People with disabilities make up some 15% of the world’s population.
16 May 2014
In May 2014 WHO's Executive Board considered a report by the Secretariat on Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage (EB135/3) and a related resolution that was forwarded to the World Health Assembly.