Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death among children are three times higher in developing than in developed countries. Ten strategies for keeping children safe on the road draws attention to the risks for children on the world's roads and highlights measures to save lives. The new report is launched in the context of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week, a milestone in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world's roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. Countries worldwide are marking the Week and its global campaign: #SaveKidsLives, through hundreds of events.
A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes. Injuries account for 9% of the world’s deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. In addition tens of millions of people suffer non-fatal injuries which require treatment. There is a broad range of strategies based on sound scientific evidence that have been shown to be effective and cost-effective at reducing injuries.
Global status report on violence prevention 2014
Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reflects data from 133 countries and is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries.
The WHO Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer highlights that 372,000 people drown worldwide each year. Drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region of the world. The report sets out the evidence showing a range of effective drowning prevention strategies, and makes a number of recommendations for concrete measures to be taken by national and local governments. With the release of this report, WHO aims to galvanize attention and action to this issue by highlighting how collaboration across sectors can save lives.
>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violenceViolence prevention
Road traffic injuries
50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclistsGlobal status report on road safety 2013
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
28 May 2015
Expert meeting on standards of evidence for the global information system on violence prevention hosted by WHO
On 27-28 May some 25 experts in research methodology and data synthesis from around the world met to discuss developing standards of evidence for a global information system on violence prevention currently under development by WHO and partners.
24 May 2015
In a move to continue to highlight the findings and recommendations of the GSRVP 2014, and spur national action on what works to prevent violence, WHO is supporting hosting of a series of national policy discussions focused on the report.
18 May 2015
On 18 May 2015, the Governments of Brazil and the Russian Federation hosted a side event to the 68th World Health Assembly: “Preserving lives: progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety”.
10 May 2015
Through hundreds of events in at least 105 countries, road safety stakeholders – among them government ministries, NGOs, foundations, and private companies – marked the Third UN Global Road Safety Week and its campaign #SaveKidsLives. The Week of 4-10 May focused on children and road safety. It highlighted the plight of children on the world’s roads in an effort to generate action to better ensure their safety