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.
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.
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.
>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
5 September 2014
More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year - around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide, Preventing suicide: a global imperative, published on 4 September. Globally, suicide rates are highest in people aged 70 years and over. In some countries, however, the highest rates are found among the young
28 August 2014
On 27-28 August, WHO in collaboration with the Emergency Medical Association of Tanzania, hosted a two-day multi-country workshop to review implementation of the WHO/Monash University manual in Africa. The manual entitled Fatal injury surveillance in mortuaries and hospitals: A manual for practitioners is aimed at improving national injury and violence data for public health action and is intended for professionals working in institutions responsible for the collection, compilation and use of cause-of-death data with a focus on injuries and violence.
15 August 2014
As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (BP-GRSP), the third annual workshop on road safety legislation was held at WHO headquarters from 12-15 August.
8 August 2014
Strengthening the health sector response to violence against women - A joint webinar for the Latin America and Caribbean Region by PAHO/WHO/UNFPA/UNWOMEN
On 8 August, colleagues from PAHO/WHO, Ms A. Guedes and Dr C. Garcia-Moreno, hosted a Spanish-language workshop co-organized with the Regional Offices for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNFPA and UN Women.
7 August 2014
As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (BP-GRSP), a workshop for journalists on road safety was organized from 7-8 August in Beijing, China.
6 August 2014
From 5-6 August, WHO Kenya in collaboration with ASIRT, organized the first stakeholders' workshop on school travel safety to review progress and achievements of a four-year "Safety around Schools" initiative involving 20 schools in two sub-counties in Kenya