Violence and Injury Prevention

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.

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