On 5 December WHO and the Government of Turkey launch a new campaign to prevent speeding on Turkey’s roads. “Think About Consequences, Slow Down Your Speed”, released under the banner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to speeding. According to the Global status report on road safety 2013, more than 8700 people lose their lives and an estimated 200 000 people are injured in road traffic crashes in Turkey each year. Speeding is considered one of the main risk factors for fatal crashes.
New WHO report: spinal cord injury is preventable, survivable, and need not preclude good health and social inclusion
As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are two to five times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. Spinal cord injury carries substantial individual and societal costs. However, many of the consequences of spinal cord injury result not from the condition itself, but from inadequate medical care and rehabilitation services, and from barriers in the physical, social and policy environments that exclude people with spinal cord injury from participation in their communities. International perspectives on spinal cord injury summarizes the best available evidence and suggests measures for improving the survival, health and participation of people with spinal cord injury.
On 29 October 2013, in collaboration with WHO, the Kenyan Ministries of Health and of Transport and Infrastructure jointly launched a national speed prevention campaign entitled Slow Down, Speed Kills. The campaign, which includes radio messaging and outdoor adverts on billboards, aims to raise awareness among motorists of the risks and potential consequences of speeding. The campaign is part of a WHO-led multi-year road safety promotion effort implemented as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program.
With support from the WHO country office in Cambodia, the National Road Safety Committee and the Ministry of Information released a new mass media campaign aimed at drivers of cars and motorcycles to increase awareness of the negative consequences of drinking and driving, a major risk for road traffic death and injury on Cambodia’s roads. The “If You Drink, Don’t Drive” campaign is funded through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, and consists of television commercials, radio messages and outdoor visuals on tuk-tuks and billboards.
>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 December 2013
WHO and a global network of epidemiologists and burn care practitioners are pilot testing the Global Burn Registry Form, intended for use with patients requiring stays of 24 hours or more in hospital.
17 November 2013
The World Day of Remembrance is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of governments and civil society organizations on every continent.
15 November 2013
From 11-15 November, the Mexican Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened a week of meetings in Mexico City on a public health approach to violence prevention.
12 November 2013
From 11-12 November, PAHO/WHO and the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) hosted a workshop entitled "Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes" in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
06 November 2013
The Abu Dhabi Municipality hosted the 18th Meeting of the UNRSC on 5-6 November, convening around 90 participants, including representatives of 40 UNRSC members, national and local partners from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport from UAE and Qatar, senior administrators from the Abu Dhabi Municipality and observers.