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.
Injuries and violence through the life-course
Slow down to save lives
Violence decreasing in the Western Pacific, but more action still required
WHO tackles violence, injury prevention; and urban health
"Keep roads safe for children": Call during UN Road Safety Week 4 - 10 May
200 people drown each day in the Western Pacific Region
WHO urges action to reduce the more than 900 deaths a day on roads in the Western Pacific Region