Violence and Injury Prevention

Injury prevention experts meet to analyse current knowledge and chart future directions

7 JUNE 2004 -- More than 1200 researchers, practitioners, and advocates from 105 countries have gathered in Vienna to share the latest scientific research on injury prevention and determine new directions. The 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (6-9 June 2004) comes at an important time for the field of injury prevention, following on a very successful World Health Day 2004 on Road Safety, the launch of the World report on road traffic injury prevention, and subsequent resolutions by both the United Nations General Assembly and the World Health Assembly calling on countries to do more for road safety. It also follows enthusiastic application by governments of the recommendations of the World report on violence and health launched by WHO in 2002.

Highlights of the conference include the following:

  • State-of-the-art sessions on the global campaign on road traffic injury prevention, violence prevention, preparing and responding to mass casualties, priorities in injury prevention research, injury and safety inequalities, and the costs of injuries, amongst others;
  • Release of new information, such as the WHO report on The economic dimensions of interpersonal violence and the European Child Safety Alliance report on Priorities for child safety in the European Union: agenda for action;
  • Meetings on planning for the creation of an International Society on Violence and Injury Prevention; and
  • Hundreds of posters and presentations on all aspects of injury and injury prevention, including on drowning, poisoning, burns, falls and violence in all its forms.

The conference is co-sponsored by WHO and the Austrian Institute for Home and Leisure Time Safety.

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