Seven governments adopt statement on violence against women and girls at 66th World Health Assembly
On 21 May, around 200 World Health Assembly participants joined an early-morning side event on “Violence against women: health impacts and role of the health sector”. The event was organized by Belgium, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA, and Zambia, with support from the WHO Departments of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability; Reproductive Health and Research; and Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response. A concluding statement, read on behalf of the panellists by Ms Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, affirmed their collective commitment to addressing interpersonal violence through further strengthening WHO's capacity to address this important health issue, particularly for women and girls, and to propose an agenda item for the 67th World Health Assembly.
Second UN Global Road Safety Week 6-12 May kicks off worldwide
More than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year accounting for 22% of the total 1.24 million road traffic deaths. WHO is calling on governments to take concrete actions to improve the safety of pedestrians. Under the banner “Make Walking Safe”, the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May) kicks off worldwide. With events registered in around 100 countries, the Week seeks to draw attention to the needs of pedestrians; generate action on measures to protect them; and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
WHO launches Global status report on road safety 2013
The Global status report on road safety 2013 serves as a baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly. The report presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population. It indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year, legislation and enforcement are still inadequate, and pedestrians and cyclists need to be better protected. Made possible through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this is the second in a series of Global status reports.
New VIP short courses now on offer
VIP short courses are a series of complete training resources addressing a range of injury and violence prevention topics. Each course provides all the materials a facilitator requires to conduct a 2-5 day training. Visit the links below for the latest VIP short courses on child injury prevention and data collection.
>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
21 May 2013
Around 200 World Health Assembly participants joined today an early morning side event on "Violence against women: health impacts and roles of the health sector." The event was organized by the Governments of Belgium, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, the United States of America, and Zambia with support from the WHO Departments of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability; Reproductive Health and Research; and Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response.
22 April 2013
Each year, more than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world's roads, while millions are left with injuries or permanent disabilities. Pedestrian safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners, jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, and many experts from around the world, provides practical information on how to plan, implement and evaluate a pedestrian safety programme.
12 April 2013
WHO’s Prevention of Violence Team has developed a new method to assess the readiness – or capacity – of a country to implement programmes to prevent child maltreatment on a large scale. There are two options when using this new method, called the Readiness Assessment for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (RAP-CM): a rapid assessment, using a short questionnaire administered to key informants or a full and detailed assessment, which requires a small research team to carry out.