Violence and injury prevention

Violence and injury prevention

Violence and injuries kill more than a million people in the Western Pacific Region each year. That figure represents one death every 30 seconds. Among people aged 5 to 49 in the Region, violence and injury are the leading causes of death. Major causes of violence and injury include road traffic crashes, falls, drowning and interpersonal violence. The public health priority for violence and injuries is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.

Deaths from violence and injuries are however just the tip of the iceberg. Tens of millions of non-fatal injuries occur, covering the full spectrum of severity and requiring various degrees of care and treatment, all of which contribute to the enormous cost and impact of violence and injuries on economies.

WHO works with intersectoral partners within member states, supporting the development and implementation of national policies, programmes and legislation on violence and injury prevention, promoting public awareness and political commitment, and building national capacities in surveillance, intervention advocacy and monitoring.

Road safety

64%of those dying on the Region’s roads are vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Road safety fact sheet


78 000people died from drowning in the Western Pacific Region in 2015.

Drowning fact sheet

Intimate partner violence

24.6%of women in low- and middle-income countries in the Western Pacific Region have experienced violence by an intimate partner.

Read more on intimate partner violence here

Injuries and violence through the life-course

Featured publications

Regional Action Plan for Violence and Injury Prevention in the Western Pacific (2016–2020)

Road safety in the Western Pacific Region 2015

Violence in the Western Pacific Region 2014


Violence and Injury Prevention
Division of NCD and Health through the Life-Course
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila