Violence and Injury Prevention

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.

67th World Health Assembly adopts resolution on addressing violence

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.

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.

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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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