Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO Director-General announces increased attention to domestic violence in next five-year term

The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly concluded on 26 May in Geneva after adopting 21 resolutions and three decisions on a broad range of health issues. The six days of discussions involved nearly 3000 delegates, including health ministers and senior health officials from amongst the 194 WHO Member States, as well as representatives from civil society and other stakeholders.

At the World Health Assembly, Dr Margaret Chan was appointed for a second five-year term as Director-General of WHO. In her acceptance speech, Dr Chan noted, "As part of my commitment to women, I will be giving more emphasis to the prevention of domestic violence."

Among her specific priorities for the next five years are chronic noncommunicable diseases, mental health and disabilities. WHO reform was a key agenda item. Resolutions adopted included those on noncommunicable diseases, social determinants of health, Millennium Development Goals, mass gatherings, and early marriages and young pregnancies.