Violence and Injury Prevention

Governments adopt resolution to further action on road safety

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.

Preventing injuries and violence: a guide for ministries of health

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.

WHO launches new tool to support development of strong road safety mass media campaigns around the world


The “Online library of road safety mass media campaigns” is a new resource for governments and civil society organizations. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts. The library, which is searchable by topic, such as drinking and driving, motorcycle helmets, and seat-belts; language; or WHO region, currently includes around 60 campaigns from Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and Viet Nam.

Violence prevention: the evidence

Violence prevention: the evidence is a set of briefings on what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls), and self-directed violence. By spotlighting the evidence for effectiveness, the briefings provide clear directions for how funders, policy-makers and programme implementers can boost the impact of their violence prevention efforts for women and girls, men and boys.

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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


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