According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 12,000 people die every day worldwide due to injuries and violence.
As reflected in a new WHO report, Preventing injuries and violence: an overview, 3 of the top 5 causes of death among people aged 5-29 are injury-related, namely road traffic injuries, homicide and suicide . Besides them, injury-related killers include drowning, falls, burns and poisoning among others.
According to the World Health Organisation, of the 4.4 million annual injury-related deaths, about 1 in 3 are from road traffic accidents, 1 in 6 from suicide, 1 in 9 from homicide and 1 in 61 from war and It comes from struggle.
“People living in poverty are more likely to get hurt than the wealthy,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “The health sector needs to help address these health disparities and prevent injuries and violence by collecting data, developing policies, providing services and programming for prevention and care, building capacity, and focusing more attention on underserved communities a major role in advocating for
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Many effective and low-cost interventions are available. For example, in Spain, setting the default speed limit for cities at 30 kilometers per hour is improving road safety; In Vietnam, swimming training is to avoid drowning; And in the Philippines, a law to raise the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 to protect minors from sexual violence is driving positive change. However, in most countries, there is a lack of political will and investment as the measures are not at an adequate level.
“Urgent action is needed to avoid this unnecessary suffering of millions of families every year,” said Dr. Etienne Krug says. “We know what needs to be done, and these effective measures must be scaled up across countries and communities to save lives.”
The World Health Organization report is being released during the 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, which is currently taking place in Adelaide, Australia. The event provides the world’s leading injury and violence prevention researchers and clinicians with an opportunity to continue advocating for evidence-based measures to prevent injuries and violence.
The report also highlights prevention measures and available WHO technical guidance that can support decisions to scale up prevention efforts.
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