World health report

Conquering suffering, enriching humanity


In all its forms, violence has increased dramatically worldwide in recent decades. During 1993, at least 4 million deaths resulted from unintentional or intentional injury, including 300 000 murders. Of the violent deaths, some 3 million were in the developing world. In many countries, homicide and suicide account for 20%-40% of deaths in males aged 15-34. In half the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, homicide is the second leading cause of death in people aged 15-24. It is more frequent among men and increases in direct relationship with age, and is closely associated with depression, personality disorders, substance abuse and schizophrenia.