Violence and Injury Prevention

New web site launched to support preparations for Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week

In advance of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, 8-17 May, WHO has supported development of a new web site dedicated to UN global road safety weeks. In the coming months, this web site will be the main source of information, messages and materials related to the Week and its related #SlowDown campaign. The Week and campaign seek to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address this major risk for road traffic death and injury. This effort as one of many will contribute to achievement of the SDG target 3.6. National and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, foundations, private companies, and the public generally are invited to plan and host events marking the Week.

New toolkit gives guidance for creating road safety mass media campaigns

Mass media campaigns are an important component of national and local road safety strategies. As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, WHO and its partners created more than 30 mass media campaigns in nine countries. The campaigns focused on five behavioural risk factors: speeding, drinking and driving, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. The results and lessons generated from this work are presented in a new document: Road safety mass media campaigns: a toolkit. This step-by-step guide aims to strengthen the implementation of similar campaigns in low- and middle-income countries where the burden of road traffic crashes is highest.

With two years now under our belt as a Department, we are pleased to feed back to you on some key accomplishments of the WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI), in what has been a busy and exciting year. Below you will find a month-by-month update of some highlights of our activities. NVI wishes you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

World's experts gather to exchange knowledge and practice on preventing violence and injuries and saving lives

Every day violence and injuries take the lives of more than 14 000 people. Over 1,100 experts gathered for Safety 2016, the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, are sharing the latest evidence and experiences from prevention programmes which have demonstrated dramatic success in saving lives.

Michael R. Bloomberg named as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs

Michael Bloomberg

On 17 August 2016 WHO named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. NCDs including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year - almost 80% of all deaths worldwide. The premature death and disability from NCDs and injury can largely be prevented, through implementing proven, cost-effective measures. In his new role, Mr Bloomberg will work with national and local political leaders around the global to highlight the burden of NCDs and injuries and support attainment of the SDGs.

INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children


Over the past year, up to one billion children have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence. One in four children suffer physical abuse, and nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in their lives. WHO in collaboration with a number of partners, launched a technical package containing seven interlinked strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. The initiative, launched with the support of the newly established Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, aims to help countries to achieve the SDGs, in particular SDG target 16.2 to "end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children", and implementation of World Health Assembly resolution WHA69.5 on the WHO global plan of action to address interpersonal violence.

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>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violence

Violence prevention

Road traffic injuries

50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists

Global status report on road safety 2015

Child injuries

2 300children die every day from injuries

World report on child injury prevention


  • 23 March 2017

    Partners define indicators to determine reach and impact of the INSPIRE technical package

    From 21-23 March 2017, PAHO, UNICEF and WHO jointly convened the 10 core partner agencies behind INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children to develop coverage and impact indicators for the technical package. The meeting reached consensus on a set of items by which to ascertain at national and local levels the extent to which the INSPIRE strategies are being implemented; the prevalence of risk and protective factors addressed by the strategies, and the prevalence of the different types of violence against children that INSPIRE targets.

  • 18 March 2017

    UN Road Safety Collaboration convenes for 24th meeting in Thailand

    More than 90 people attended the 24th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 17-18 March 2017. The meeting featured among other issues an update on the process for development of road safety targets and indicators, May’s Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, launch and implementation of Save LIVES: a road safety technical package, and the World Bank-led Sustainable Mobility for All project.

  • 9 February 2017

    Applications for MENTOR-VIP now open until 5 May 2017

    MENTOR-VIP is a global mentoring programme 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. Since its inception in 2007, around 75 mentorships on a range of violence and injury topics have been undertaken.

  • 3 January 2017

    New toolkit gives guidance for creating road safety mass media campaigns

    As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (2010-2014), WHO and its partners created more than 30 mass media campaigns. The toolkit reflects results and lessons from this work in a step-by-step guide.

Upcoming conferences & events

24th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration

Bangkok, Thailand
17-18 March 2017

Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week

8-14 May 2017

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2017

Vancouver, Canada
17-19 October 2017

8th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting

Ottawa, Canada
19-20 October 2017

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