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.
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.
>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
11 December 2014
The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 was released at WHO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland on 11 December by the WHO Director-General and senior representatives of UNDP and UNODC.
5 December 2014
University of New Hampshire and WHO release new document to improve efforts to prevent children's exposure to violence
A new publication entitled Improving efforts to prevent children's exposure to violence: a handbook for defining programme theory and planning for evaluation in the new evidence-based culture was published by the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire in the United States and WHO.
18 November 2014
On 18 November WHO launched the Global report on drowning (GRD) at an event hosted at WHO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.
14 November 2014
On 14 November the Government of Brazil and WHO hosted a meeting of the Friends of the Decade to gather guidance and suggestions on preparations for the Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, which will be hosted by the Government of Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil on 18-19 November 2015.
1 November 2014
This Special Issue highlights violence against people with disability. People with disabilities make up some 15% of the world's population.
2 October 2014
Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme announces US$ 125 million commitment to improve road safety in cities and countries
On 2 October in a major boost to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a US$ 125 million donation which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes.