WHO launches new tool to support development of strong road safety mass media campaigns around the world
The “Online library of road safety mass media campaigns” is a new resource for governments and civil society organizations. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts. The library, which is searchable by topic, such as drinking and driving, motorcycle helmets, and seat-belts; language; or WHO region, currently includes around 60 campaigns from Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and Viet Nam.
Violence prevention: the evidence is a set of briefings on what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls), and self-directed violence. By spotlighting the evidence for effectiveness, the briefings provide clear directions for how funders, policy-makers and programme implementers can boost the impact of their violence prevention efforts for women and girls, men and boys.
On 5 December WHO and the Government of Turkey launch a new campaign to prevent speeding on Turkey’s roads. “Think About Consequences, Slow Down Your Speed”, released under the banner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to speeding. According to the Global status report on road safety 2013, more than 8700 people lose their lives and an estimated 200 000 people are injured in road traffic crashes in Turkey each year. Speeding is considered one of the main risk factors for fatal crashes.
New WHO report: spinal cord injury is preventable, survivable, and need not preclude good health and social inclusion
As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are two to five times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. Spinal cord injury carries substantial individual and societal costs. However, many of the consequences of spinal cord injury result not from the condition itself, but from inadequate medical care and rehabilitation services, and from barriers in the physical, social and policy environments that exclude people with spinal cord injury from participation in their communities. International perspectives on spinal cord injury summarizes the best available evidence and suggests measures for improving the survival, health and participation of people with spinal cord injury.
>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
16 February 2014
On 16 February, a seminar on e-bike legislation in China was held by WHO and the Public Law Research Center of the Tsinghua University School of Law.
10 February 2014
WHO's global mentoring programme, MENTOR-VIP, is designed to assist junior injury prevention practitioners to develop specific skills through structured collaboration with a more experienced person who has volunteered to act as a mentor.
28 January 2014
Consortium partners convene to plan activities for Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (BP-GRSP) for the coming year
On 28 January consortium partners - Association for Safe International Road Travel, EMBARQ, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), World Bank and WHO - convened in New York to review progress to date and identify key opportunities for 2014, the final year of the five-year BP-GRSP.
28 January 2014
In the context of the 134th session of the WHO Executive Board, which took place from 20-25 January, governments discussed ways to increase the health sector's efforts to address violence.