Violence and Injury Prevention

Ministerial Meeting on Injury and Violence Prevention in the Americas

Merida, Mexico
14 March 2008

On 14 March 2008 the Minister of Health of Mexico will host the first ever Ministerial Meeting on Injury and Violence Prevention in the Americas.

Ministers or their senior representatives from most countries in the Americas will meet to discuss strategies to address what has become a major public health problem in the continent. Every year 539,710 are killed and millions more suffer injuries and often lifelong disability. Latin America has the highest homicide rate of all regions of the world, and also has among the highest road traffic injury rates.

The Ministerial Meeting on Injury and Violence Prevention in the Americas will discuss how to increase injury prevention efforts by ministries of health as well as enhance emergency trauma services. Good practices from a number of countries including Brazil, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico will be highlighted. The meeting is expected to end with a powerful Ministerial Declaration reflecting renewed commitment to addressing this problem.

The meeting will precede the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, a major platform for sharing the latest scientific knowledge on preventing violence and injury-related death and disability. The 9th World Conference will draw more than 1200 leading researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and advocates.

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