Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP)

Regional Offices

WHO European Region

Francesca Racioppi, ScD
Regional Adviser, EURO
Scientist, European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome

Focal point of the WHO European Regional Office for activities in the area of work of injury prevention
Manager of the programme "Accidents, Transport and Health"
Phone : +39 064877 545
Fax : +39 064877 599

Francesca Racioppi was born in Rome, Italy, where she graduated as a molecular biologist from the University "La Sapienza". She attended several post-graduate trainings in epidemiology, integrated assessment, environmental and human toxicology. She has developed extensive experience in analyzing environmental health issues and building capacity for environmental health, with a focus in eastern European countries. Before joining the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1997, she was a Section Head at Procter and Gamble, where she worked as a section head on issues related to human and environmental health and consumer safety.

Francesca Racioppi is coordinating activities related to Violence and Injury Prevention for the European Region. In this capacity, she facilitates and co-ordinates contacts between the European Programmes implementing activities related to violence and injury prevention and the VIP Department in Geneva. She is also directly involved in activities related to the prevention of violence and unintentional injuries in the European Region. She led the preparation of the European report "Preventing road traffic injury: a public health perspective for Europe" for World Health Day 2004. She also manages the WHO programme on Transport and Health.

Dinesh Sethi, MSc MD FFPH
Technical Officer, European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome

Violence and Injury Prevention Programme
Phone: +39 064877 526
Fax: +39 064877 599

Dr Sethi read medicine at Liverpool and worked in internal medicine and then trained in public health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London Deanery. Before joining WHO he worked as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Public Health in London. In the past he has worked on conducting surveys of injuries in refugees in Uganda, evaluating the cost-effectiveness of trauma services in Malaysia, and on the health professional response to domestic violence in London. His interests include injury surveillance, surveys of injury and violence in the community and advocating for injury and violence prevention.

Dr Sethi, is a Technical Officer at the Violence and Injury Prevention Programme, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome, Italy.