The UN General Assembly designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Around 1 in 10 elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment either at home or in an institution. Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. Elder abuse is a global public health problem which affects the health and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and is predicted to increase with rapidly ageing populations. On the occasion of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, WHO is launching a new infographic on the issue which highlights the magnitude of the problem and known prevention strategies.
On 15 April 2016, the UN General Assembly and its Member States adopted a resolution on "Improving global road safety". The resolution, which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation, was co-sponsored by 55 governments.
On 18-19 November 2015, for only the second time in history, ministers of transport, health and interior and their representatives convened in Brasilia, Brazil to address the global road safety crisis. The 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, which gathered 2200 delegates from more than 110 countries including key speakers such as Ms Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, defined the urgent measures needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s ambitious target to halve road traffic deaths by the end of this decade.
The Global status report on road safety 2015, reflecting information from 180 countries, indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, with the highest road traffic fatality rates in low-income countries. In the last three years, 17 countries have aligned at least one of their laws with best practice on seat-belts, drink–driving, speed, motorcycle helmets or child restraints. While there has been progress towards improving road safety legislation and in making vehicles safer, the report shows that the pace of change is too slow. Urgent action is needed to achieve the ambitious target for road safety reflected in the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020. Made possible through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this report is the third in the series, and provides a snapshot of the road safety situation globally, highlighting the gaps and the measures needed to best drive progress.
As a component of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme 2010-2014, WHO engaged with more than 1300 journalists in nine countries through tailored workshops on road safety. The aim was to increase media interest in and understanding of road safety as a critical health and development issue. Produced jointly by WHO and the Pulitzer Center, with financial support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Reporting on road safety: a guide for journalists reflects the experiences and lessons learned from these workshops with journalists and editors, in particular those from low- and middle-income countries. In the guide and its accompanying pamphlet entitled 16 story ideas, readers will find links to stories, suggestions for new angles, descriptions of projects, and tips from editors, journalists and public health experts to enhance reporting on road safety.
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.
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.
>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 2015
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
15 April 2016
On 15 April 2016, the UN General Assembly and its Member States adopted a resolution on "Improving global road safety".
21 March 2016
Road safety journalism fellowship programmes launched in Philippines and United Republic of Tanzania
As part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019, two road safety journalism fellowship programmes were recently launched.
16 March 2016
On 15-16 March the 23rd Meeting of Heads of WHO Collaborating Centres for Violence and Injury Prevention took place in Geneva.
28 January 2016
On 26-28 January in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 members of the core group developing Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) from the universities of Bangor, Oxford and Reading in the United Kingdom and of Cape Town and Stellenbosch in South Africa; UNICEF and WHO participated in a three-day meeting.
20 January 2016
Experts define ways to communicate about package of interventions to prevent violence against children
On 20 January, WHO convened a meeting of technical experts, communications specialists, and leaders of the emerging Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children to discuss the branding and marketing of an evidence-based interagency package to prevent violence against children.
15 January 2016
WHO in collaboration with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), a media development organization based in Washington, DC, organized a Road Safety Fellowship Programme on the occasion of the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety held in Brazil in November 2015.