Violence and Injury Prevention

Capacity building

Increasingly, violence and injuries are being recognized as important public health problems. Along with this recognition comes a pressing need to develop capacity in the area of injury prevention and control. Prevention efforts require multidisciplinary approaches and a variety of trained professionals. A public health approach to building capacity for injury prevention and control requires enhancing knowledge, developing skills, and enabling systems in which injury prevention and control efforts are supported.

Capacity building needs include those related to human resources, institutional and infrastructural capacity, and networks and partnerships. WHO is working in all three of these domains to help build capacity for violence and injury prevention.

Two priority needs in the human resources area are training and skills development. To address training, WHO has collaborated with a global network of experts to develop a modular violence and injury prevention and control curriculum known as TEACH-VIP. To address skills development, WHO has developed a global mentoring programme for violence and injury prevention known as MENTOR-VIP. Other activities for human resource development, as well capacity building activities addressing other domains are outlined in WHO's strategic plan for capacity building.

Strategic plan for capacity building

Strategic plan 2009-2013

This document presents WHO's strategic plan for contributing to capacity building for violence and injury prevention over the 2009-2013 time period.



WHO's modular training curriculum on injury prevention and control, developed with the input of a global network of injury experts, and applicable for a wide variety of training audiences.

VIP webinars

A series of webinars addressing a range of injury and violence prevention topics. Experts from around the world provide high quality, interactive webinars which are archived and available for viewing at a later date.

Violence and injury prevention short courses

A series of complete training resources addressing a range of injury and violence prevention topics. VIP Short Courses provide everything a facilitator requires to conduct a 2-5 day training.

Skills development


WHO's global mentoring programme for injury and violence prevention. Designed to develop key skills by fostering collaboration between committed injury and violence prevention practitioners and appropriately matched mentors.

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Ms. Laura Sminkey
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