WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific adopts first ever resolution on violence and injury prevention
On 27 September the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific - the annual meeting of ministers of health - adopted its first ever resolution on violence and injury prevention. A large number of countries as diverse as China, the Philippines, Viet Nam and those across the Pacific Islands expressed strong support for the resolution.
Recognizing the large public health and development impact of injuries in general, the resolution draws particular attention to road traffic crashes, child injuries including drowning, and violence against women and children.
The resolution is a call to action for governments and other actors of the region. It stresses the need to improve intersectoral coordination, data collection, policies and legislation as well as other approaches towards better prevention and services.