Violence and Injury Prevention

New handbook promotes schools as an ideal setting for violence prevention

A new handbook issued by WHO, with contributions from UNESCO and UNICEF, recognizes the potential of schools as an important setting for facilitating violence prevention efforts and outlines concrete steps that schools can take to implement an evidence-based, whole-school approach. Not only do schools offer education and other activities that are themselves powerful protection against violence, but they also help shape attitudes about the acceptability of violence, alcohol and drug use and other risks. Likewise, preventing violence in the broader society is of direct benefit to schools as they are better able to educate children, foster lifelong learning and empower students to be responsible global citizens. School-based violence prevention: a practical handbook provides in-depth information that helps to implement the technical package INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children, in particular interventions that can be delivered in educational settings. If implemented, the handbook will contribute much to helping achieve the SDG targets linked to preventing violence and promoting education.

WHO joins celebrations of World Bicycle Day

3 June is World Bicycle Day. Established through a UN GA resolution in April 2018, World Bicycle Day praises the bicycle as a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and healthy means of transport as well as a potential contributor to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. On the occasion of this Day, governments are encouraged to improve road safety as part of their sustainable mobility efforts, in part by adopting policies that actively protect cyclists and promote a culture of cycling. When roads are safe, people will cycle more and reap the many benefits of cycling. Measures include enhancing road design, e.g. by building dedicated cycling lanes and upgrading roadway lighting; ensuring that drivers avoid speeding and drinking and driving; and providing timely emergency trauma care. On World Bicycle Day, WHO launched a social media campaign inviting people to cycle and governments to make cycling safe.

5th UN Global Road Safety Week celebrated worldwide

From 6-12 May 2019, thousands of road safety advocates are drawing attention to the importance of effective leadership as a vital component to successful road safety initiatives. Strong leaders are needed to provide a vision of how the future might look and mobilize action to achieve it. Whether they are legislating on speed limits or seat-belts; modifying infrastructure to make roads safe for pedestrians and cyclists; improving post-crash care for road traffic victims; or putting in place comprehensive fleet safety policies, road safety leaders make a positive difference in their countries, communities and institutions and their efforts save lives. The Week highlights that all of us can be leaders when we #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety.

5th UN Global Road Safety Week: Leadership for Road Safety

In February 2019 WHO and partners released the web site for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week on the theme “Leadership for Road Safety”. The goal of the Week, which will be held 6-12 May 2019, is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal and other road safety targets. The Week will provide an opportunity for civil society to advocate for concrete, evidence-based interventions to save lives and inspire decision-makers to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety. The Week was called for through UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/72/L.48) - “Improving global road safety” – adopted in April 2018.

NVI Year in Review 2018

The “NVI Year in Review 2018” offers highlights from the work of WHO’s Department for the Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). Conducted in close collaboration with colleagues from across WHO as well as hundreds of other partners, activities include preventing road traffic deaths in the Philippines and school-based violence in Uganda; issuing new guidance for the prevention of violence against children; hosting high-profile advocacy events like the launch of the Global status report on road safety 2018; and announcing new initiatives, including the Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative. Partners are thanked for working with us and for sharing our vision of enabling people to live healthier, more productive lives.

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.

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.

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Violence

>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

News

  • 11 June 2019

    International Organizing Committee (IOC) seeking host for Safety 2022

    The IOC is inviting expressions of interest from organizations interested in hosting the 15th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in 2022.

  • 6 May 2019

    5th UN Global Road Safety Week celebrated worldwide

    From 6-12 May 2019, thousands of road safety advocates are drawing attention to the importance of strong leadership as a vital component to successful road safety initiatives.

  • 1 May 2019

    “Death on the Roads” data visualization now available in French and English

    WHO has updated the “Death on the Roads” interactive online data visualization to reflect data from the Global status report on road safety 2018. The report indicates that road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities.

  • 15 April 2019

    New resource available for presenting INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children

    At the request of partners, WHO colleagues on the Prevention of Violence team have made available a new PowerPoint video presentation with speaker notes for those preparing presentations on the technical package INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children.

  • 8 April 2019

    PAHO releases new national prevalence estimates on intimate partner violence

    A new study released by PAHO presents comparative estimates of the prevalence of intimate partner violence against women in 24 countries of the Americas and an analysis of changes in prevalence over time for 8 countries. Intimate partner violence against women remains a public health and human rights problem across the Americas.

  • 11 March 2019

    INSPIRE handbook now available in Spanish

    Now available in English and Spanish, the INSPIRE handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children explains in detail how to choose and implement interventions that will fit various needs and context.

  • 1 March 2019

    Global Network for Road Safety Legislators launches new web site

    As indicated in its Manifesto #4RoadSafety, the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators underscores the decisive role that Members of Parliament have in legislating for safe roads. Its goal is to unite the voices of parliamentarians and parliamentary bodies to strengthen advocacy for the prevention of road traffic deaths and injuries.

  • 28 February 2019

    UN launches road safety strategy for its personnel

    On 28 February, WHO hosted the Geneva launch of the Road safety strategy for the United Nations and its personnel: a partnership for safer journeys. The strategy provides guidance to all UN organizations on ways to reduce the number of road traffic crashes involving UN personnel and vehicles and people in the communities they serve.

  • 5 February 2019

    Campaign web site goes live for 5th UN Global Road Safety Week

    WHO and partners have released the campaign web site for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week on “Leadership for Road Safety”. The objectives of the Week, which will be held 6-12 May 2019, are to provide an opportunity for civil society to advocate for concrete, evidence-based interventions to save lives and to inspire decision-makers to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety.

  • 25 January 2019

    Global Burn Registry released to the public

    The Global Burn Registry was released to the public with more than 1,300 records. Launched one year ago following extensive pilot testing in 60 health facilities across 30 countries, the Global Burn Registry is the first ever global platform allowing for standardized data collection about burn victims.

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