Violence and Injury Prevention

Injuries and violence: the facts 2014

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A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes. Injuries account for 9% of the world’s deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. In addition tens of millions of people suffer non-fatal injuries which require treatment. There is a broad range of strategies based on sound scientific evidence that have been shown to be effective and cost-effective at reducing injuries.

Global status report on violence prevention 2014

Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reflects data from 133 countries and is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries.

WHO launches the first Global report on drowning

The WHO Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer highlights that 372,000 people drown worldwide each year. Drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region of the world. The report sets out the evidence showing a range of effective drowning prevention strategies, and makes a number of recommendations for concrete measures to be taken by national and local governments. With the release of this report, WHO aims to galvanize attention and action to this issue by highlighting how collaboration across sectors can save lives.

WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopts European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015-2020

On 17 September 2014 the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a historic resolution to implement 'Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015-2020'. In the WHO European Region the prevalence of child maltreatment ranges from 9.6% for sexual abuse, 22.9% for physical abuse to 29.1% for mental abuse. The Action Plan stresses that maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences result in health-harming behaviour, poorer mental and physical health, and worse social and educational outcomes throughout the life-course for those affected.

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>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violence

Violence prevention

Road traffic injuries

50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists

Global status report on road safety 2013

Child injuries

2 300children die every day from injuries

World report on child injury prevention


12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Tampere, Finland
18-21 September 2016

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