Violence and Injury Prevention

Injuries and violence: the facts 2014

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A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes. Injuries account for 9% of the world’s deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. In addition tens of millions of people suffer non-fatal injuries which require treatment. There is a broad range of strategies based on sound scientific evidence that have been shown to be effective and cost-effective at reducing injuries.

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.

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.

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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


  • 15 March 2015

    Organizers of Safety 2016 announce key dates in lead up to conference

    The 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion - Safety 2016 - will be held from 18-21 September 2016 in Tampere, Finland, hosted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare and co-sponsored by WHO.

  • 25 February 2015

    WHO releases Road Safety Media Brief

    The Road Safety Media Brief is a resource targeted to media to support them in their writing or broadcasting of in-depth road safety stories. Presented in six downloadable fact sheets with active links, the brief compiles information from a variety of sources.

  • 12 February 2015

    Bloomberg Philanthropies announces new five-year road safety programme

    The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019 represents a new commitment from Bloomberg Philanthropies of US$ 125 million over five years to WHO and other partners to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries and cities.

  • 9 February 2015

    Applications for MENTOR-VIP now open until 8 May 2015

    WHO’s global mentoring programme, MENTOR-VIP, is designed to assist junior injury prevention practitioners to develop specific skills through structured collaboration with a more experienced person who has volunteered to act as a mentor.

  • 2 February 2015

    Members of the 136th WHO Executive Board welcome the WHO/UNDP/UNODC Global status report on violence prevention 2014

    On 2 February, members of the 136th WHO Executive Board discussed the recently released WHO/UNDP/UNODC Global status report on violence prevention 2014 (GSRVP 2014).

  • 15 January 2015

    WHO releases toolkit for hosting of road safety legislation workshops

    Published in December 2014, the toolkit aims to assist road safety practitioners and lawyers to organize technical road safety legislation workshops in their country as one way of bringing about improvements in road safety legislation.

12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Tampere, Finland
18-21 September 2016

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