Violence and Injury Prevention

Proceedings of WHO meeting to develop a 5 year strategy

WHO/NMH/VIP/01.04

Introduction

A WHO consultation meeting to develop a 5-year strategy to address road traffic injuries globally was held in Geneva, Switzerland on the 26-27 April 2001.

The objectives of this meeting were:

  • To review the current global activities and identify needs
  • To define WHOs added value
  • To develop a WHO strategy and plan of action in the fields of epidemiology, prevention and advocacy
  • To define partnerships and their roles
  • To inform donors

The expected outcomes from the meeting were:

  • A 5 year WHO strategy and plan of action
  • Identification of key partnerships and their roles
  • Identification of potential funders

A total of 25 international delegates from the disciplines of public health, engineering, traffic enforcement, prehospital care, etc attended the meeting.

The consultation was a mixture of presentations and discussions in plenary sessions. Areas where the WHO would have added value were presented in the plenary sessions followed by small work groups. Potential partners delivered short presentations. In the small work groups, participants were charged with discussing the draft strategy prepared before the meeting and developing final concrete strategies, plans of action, partnerships, etc.

The final 5-year WHO strategy for road traffic injury prevention was prepared following the meeting. The strategy aims to integrate RTI prevention into public health programmes around the world in order to reduce the unacceptably high levels of RTIs. Special emphasis has been placed on low and middle income countries (LMCs).

The WHO’s current initiative into the control and prevention of RTIs is both legitimate and timely. Road traffic collisions have enormous health consequences all around the world and the public health burden attributable to these collisions is increasing. Furthermore, in most developing countries in the world where the burden is the greatest, there is little or no public health leadership for the prevention and control of the consequences of such collisions. The WHOs constitutional mandate, as the lead coordinating agency for international public health, places it in a unique position to lead a science-based programme of activities in RTI prevention.

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