Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO launches the Global status report on road safety 2018

8 December 2018. The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries. The report suggests that the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist. These include strategies to address speed and drinking and driving, among other behaviours; safer infrastructure like dedicated lanes for cyclists and motorcyclists; improved vehicle standards such as those that mandate electronic stability control; and enhanced post-crash care. Drastic action is needed to put these measures in place to save lives and meet existing and future global targets that might be set.

Experts gather to exchange knowledge to scale up lifesaving violence and injury prevention efforts

5 NOVEMBER 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand – Violence and injuries account for 1 in 11 deaths worldwide and take the lives of more than 13 000 people around the world each day. In an effort to prevent them, experts gather for Safety 2018 to share the latest evidence and experiences from programmes which have demonstrated success in saving lives.

Governments agree to steps to accelerate progress towards road safety worldwide

April 2018: On 12 April the UN General Assembly decided on a number of steps to accelerate progress towards achievement of the SDGs linked to road safety. Among them are acceptance of the offer of the Government of Sweden to host the Third High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety in 2020, consensus on 12 global road safety performance targets and establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund. These decisions are reflected in a new resolution A/RES/72/271 tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by more than 70 countries. The resolution also describes a number of important global road safety efforts, requesting WHO to continue to develop global status reports on road safety to monitor progress and inviting WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week in 2019.

NVI Year in Review 2017

The “NVI Year in Review 2017” offers select highlights of the work of WHO's Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). These include preventing violence in El Salvador, making roads safer in Thailand and assessing the emergency care system in Tunisia. With support from colleagues and other experts, NVI has also issued new guidance on topics ranging from responding to sexual abuse to preventing drowning and promoting road safety. High-profile advocacy events included the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week and the 8th Meeting on Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. NVI warmly thanks its partners for their ongoing collaboration and for sharing its vision of enabling people to live healthier, more productive lives.

WHO offers new tool for collecting data about burn injuries


Burns account for an estimated 180,000 deaths per year, the vast majority of which occur in homes and workplaces in developing countries. In addition non-fatal burn injuries are a leading cause of morbidity, often leading to prolonged hospitalization, disfigurement and disability. To help prioritize prevention programmes, WHO has launched the Global Burn Registry, the first ever global platform allowing for standardized data collection from burn victims. This new resource will provide health facilities with a clear picture of the factors most likely to contribute to burns and the populations at greatest risk in their settings.

Developing global performance targets for road safety

On 21 November 2017, Member States made history by concluding work on a comprehensive set of 12 global road safety targets to measure progress. Member States were represented at the gathering by senior government officials from a broad range of sectors, including health, transport, interior and police, among others. The targets align with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response. In the coming months, WHO will work with Member States and other UN agencies to develop a set of indicators to facilitate measurement of the new targets. Both the global targets and indicators should help catalyze and set national targets and activities.

WHO launches new violence prevention resource

WHO has released “Violence Info”, a global interactive knowledge platform of scientific findings about the prevalence, consequences, causes and prevention of various forms of violence. The tool contains homicide rates and country-specific information on laws, policies, strategies and services to prevent and respond to violence. Globally, some 470 000 people are victims of homicide every year. Hundreds of millions more suffer non-fatal violence. Violence also contributes to leading causes of death such as cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, because victims often adopt behaviours such as smoking, alcohol and drug misuse and unsafe sex. Beyond its impact on individual victims, violence undermines the social and economic development of whole communities. Violence Info was presented at WHO’s 8th Meeting on Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention in October 2017.

SaveLIVES package offers strategies for making roads safe

In the context of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, WHO released Save LIVES: a road safety technical package, an evidence-based inventory of 6 strategies and 22 interventions with a focus on Speed management, Leadership, Infrastructure design and improvement, Vehicle safety standards, Enforcement of traffic laws and post-crash Survival. Developed with the collaboration of many of the world’s leading road safety experts, the package aims to support decision-makers and practitioners in their efforts to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal targets 3.6 and 11.2. Since countries are at varying stages of addressing this global health and development challenge, the package should not be considered a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather a guide to facilitate concrete action on effective interventions.

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>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violence

Violence prevention

Road traffic injuries

54%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists

Global status report on road safety 2018

Child injuries

2 300children die every day from injuries

World report on child injury prevention


  • 8 December 2018

    WHO launches the Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative

    In Davos, Switzerland, WHO launched the Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative, with the generous support of a CHF 10,000,000 grant from the AO Foundation. Around the world acutely ill and injured people die every day due to a lack of timely emergency care. The goal of the WHO Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative is to save millions of lives over the next five years through improvements to emergency care systems.

  • 7 December 2018

    New WHO report highlights insufficient progress to tackle lack of safety on the world’s roads

    The Global status report on road safety 2018 indicates that road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years. The report, which was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, was launched by the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros on 7 December. In his remarks he commented that road traffic deaths are “an unacceptable price to pay for mobility”.

  • 7 November 2018

    Safety 2018 addresses ways to achieve SDG targets linked to violence and injuries

    Violence and injuries take the lives of more than 13 000 people around the world each day, and account for 9% of the world’s deaths. In an effort to prevent them, nearly 1000 experts from more than 90 countries gathered for Safety 2018, the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, to share the latest evidence and experiences from successful programmes.

  • 4 November 2018

    Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention convene in Bangkok

    The 5th Global Meeting convened some 100 delegates from 70 primarily low- and middle-income countries. Participants developed an agenda for achieving SDG and GPW targets in violence prevention and road safety and also discussed how to more effectively strengthen efforts to prevent drowning and provide emergency trauma care.

  • 26 October 2018

    German Congress on Crime Prevention hosts annual meeting of the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA)

    The annual meeting of the VPA was jointly hosted by WHO and the German Congress on Crime Prevention in Berlin with some 40 participants from 10 countries. Outcomes include the foundation of a multisectoral project group on interventions for offenders, the development of a toolkit to strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration at the country level and the preparation of an advocacy brief to highlight the importance of violence prevention to achieve the SDG’s.

World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Bangkok, Thailand
5-7 November 2018

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Upcoming conferences & events

2018 Annual Meeting of the Violence Prevention Alliance

Berlin, Germany
24-25 October 2018

5th Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention

Bangkok, Thailand
3-4 November 2018

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

18 November 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2018

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