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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 aged 5 to 49 years in the Region, violence and injury are the leading causes of death. Violence and injury include road traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and interpersonal violence.

WHO works with countries in the Region 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.