Injuries constitute a major public health problem, killing more than 5 million people per year, and harming many millions more. Yet events which result in injury are not random or unpredictable. The causes of injuries can be studied and acted upon; injuries can be prevented.
VIP mission statement
The World Health Organization's Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) works to prevent injuries and violence, to mitigate their consequences, and to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities irrespective of the causes. It does so by:
- Raising awareness about the magnitude and consequences of injuries, violence and disability,
- Analyzing and disseminating information,
- Fostering multisectoral networks and partnerships, and
- Supporting national, regional and global efforts to:
- Improve data collection
- Develop science-based approaches to injury and violence prevention, control and rehabilitation
- Disseminate proven and promising interventions
- Improve services for persons with disabilities, as well as victims and survivors of injuries and violence, and their families
- Enhance teaching and training programmes
- Create multidisciplinary policies and action plans.