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Violence and injuries kill nearly a million people in the Western Pacific Region each year. That figure represents one death every 32 seconds. Among people 5 to 49 years old in the Region, violene and injury are the leading cause of death; these include road traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and interpersonal violence.

WHO provides regional countries with support to develop and implement national policies, programmes and legislation on violence and injury prevention; to promote public awareness and political commitment; and to strengthen national capacities in surveillance, intervention and monitoring.