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Subject: e-update on Global Campaign for Violence Prevention
Date: Monday, November 5, 2012, 8:52 PM
Having trouble viewing this email? Click hereGlobal Campaign for Violence PreventionBi-monthly e-updateSeptember-October 2012
Safety 2012: another successful world conference on injury prevention and safety promotion
The WHO-sponsored 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion - or Safety 2012 - was hosted from 1-4 October in Wellington, New Zealand. Nearly 1000 of the world's leading violence and injury prevention researchers, practitioners, and advocates attended. WHO Regional Director, Dr Shin Young-Soo, and WHO Director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention, Dr Etienne Krug, addressed the opening session. Other WHO contributions included a keynote address titled "Preventing violence: generating and using the evidence" by Dr Alexander Butchart and business meetings on WHO's Global status report on violence prevention, and the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Plan of Action 2012-2020. Violence prevention was also the topic of a keynote address by Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, who presented "David's story" to highlight how youth violence is rooted in early childhood adversities and closely linked to other forms of family violence. Parallel sessions on each day addressed different forms of violence, including child maltreatment, youth violence, and intimate partner and sexual violence, and there were numerous posters on these topics. During the closing ceremony, the International Organizing Committee announced that Safety 2014 will be hosted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University, and Johns Hopkins University. Safety 2014 will take place 19-23 October 2014 in Atlanta, USA. For further information, visit: www.cdc.gov/injury/worldsafety2014/.
WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific adopts first ever resolution on violence and injury prevention
On 27 September the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific adopted its first ever resolution on violence and injury prevention. Countries including China, the Philippines, Viet Nam and those across the Pacific Islands expressed strong support for the resolution. Recognizing the large public health and development impact of injuries in general, the resolution draws particular attention to violence against women and children, child injuries, and road traffic crashes. The resolution is a call to action for governments and other actors of the region. For further information, contact Dr Xiangdong Wang (wangx@...) or visit www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2012/20120926/en/index.html.
SEARO Regional Training on Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Care, Khon Kaen, Thailand
This WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia's (SEARO) workshop was held on 16-19 October. Attended by government focal persons from 10 of the 11 countries in the region, the training was hosted by the Khon Kaen Hospital's Trauma and Critical Care Centre, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. The training content was adapted from WHO's TEACH-VIP Core Curriculum, and addressed the prevention of child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder maltreatment, among other topics. This was the first such training in this region to include violence prevention as a topic. During the workshop several countries expressed an interest in initiating a health sector response to violence prevention. For more information, contact Dr Chamaiparn Santikarn (santikarnc@...)
European Ministry of Health Focal Points discuss violence and injury prevention
The seventh network meeting of the European Ministry of Health focal points on violence and injury prevention took place in Antalya, Turkey, on 17-18 October with approximately 70 participants from 40 countries. Its aims were to discuss implementation of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe Resolution and the European Council Recommendation on the prevention of violence and injuries. Issues addressed included Adverse Childhood Experience studies that have been recently completed or are underway in 10 countries, and a regional report on child maltreatment prevention (see below) due to be presented to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in 2013. For more information, contact Dr Dinesh Sethi (sethid@...).
Policy dialogue in El Salvador on the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence
The Inter-American Development Bank held a policy dialogue on the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence against women on 21-22 October in San Salvador, El Salvador. The meeting objectives were to discuss challenges and opportunities for promoting the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence in public policy; the costs and implications of these forms of violence, and ways to start building a common regional agenda on the topic. The meeting was attended by 48 senior officials from the Ministries of Social Inclusion, Gender and Planning of Belize; Bolivia; Colombia; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama, and Peru. For more information, contact Ms Berit Kieselbach (kieselbachb@...) or Ms Alessandra Guedes (guedesa@...).
19th ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect
The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and the Turkish Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect held the19th ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Istanbul on 9-12 September (http://www.ispcan2012.org/). The theme of the Congress was "Every Child Matters: Promoting Local, National and International Partnerships for Protecting Children" and aimed to establish the best ways of developing human resources to prevent, detect, and respond to child abuse and neglect. Recalling the recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence Against Children (2006), the participants of the Congress representing governments, non-governmental organizations, networks and institutions, professional organizations, and children and adolescents from 77 countries issued an "Istanbul Declaration" on child abuse and neglect - see www.ispcan2012.org/decleration.asp
Workshop on guidelines for applying for funding in a new evidence-based culture
This workshop took place on 10 September during the 19th ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Istanbul, Turkey (see above). It introduced participants to a set of guidelines currently being developed for use by foundations and other funders to help grant applicants ensure that their projects draw on existing research and, in turn, contribute to further developing the evidence base of violence prevention. The workshop was organized by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, United States, with the help of WHO and is funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation. For more information, contact Dr Christopher Mikton (miktonc@...).
Workshop hosted to improve estimates of child maltreatment
WHO and the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, United States, ran a workshop on "Meta-analysis and cross-national comparison of child maltreatment" on 12 September during the 19th ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Istanbul, Turkey (see above). The half-day workshop, funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation, was attended by 25 people, and aimed to contribute towards better estimates of the prevalence of child maltreatment by suggesting how cross-national comparisons and meta-analysis can be made more uniform. The workshop identified a need for more research on methodological factors that underlie differences in findings between meta-analyses; more research on risk factors and causes, and greater uniformity in the instruments used to conduct prevalence studies. For further information, contact Dr Chris Mikton (miktonc@...).
Expert meeting to develop a European report on preventing child maltreatment
On 20 September in Copenhagen, Denmark, 18 experts came together at a meeting convened to develop a European report on preventing child maltreatment and a European Action Plan on Preventing Maltreatment and Other Adverse Childhood Experiences. Discussions focused on the scale of child maltreatment in Europe, risk and protective factors for child maltreatment, the evidence base for prevention, and policy options to address the problem. A focus on equity, evidence-informed intersectoral action, and a life-course approach were urged. For further information, contact Dr Dinesh Sethi (sethid@...).
Scotland and Violence Prevention Conference
This conference, organized by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, was held at the Scottish Police College in Fife, Scotland, from 12-15 October, convened over 120 participants. Two approaches to gang-violence prevention - both originally developed in the United States - were presented: the focused desistence or Community Intervention to Reduce Violence (CIRV) developed by David Kennedy from New York's John Jay School of Criminal Justice and CureViolence (formerly CeaseFire) developed by Gary Slutkin from the University of Illinois. Evaluations of CIRV in Cincinnati, United States, and Glasgow, Scotland, were presented which suggest that the approach is effective for reducing gang-violence. Plans to implement these approaches in other parts of the United Kingdom were also discussed. For more information, contact Dr Chris Mikton (miktonc@...).
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. WHO will mark this day with an inter-agency panel discussion in Geneva, launch of a series of web-based trainings for WHO staff, and related communications through its corporate web site. For more information please contact Ms Berit Kieselbach (kieselbachb@...).
Publications and other resources
Biennial report highlights WHO work on violence and injury prevention and disability
Violence, injuries and disability: biennial report 2010-2011 describes several major achievements, including hosting of the 5th Meeting on Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. It also describes guidance published on issues such as intimate partner and sexual violence prevention, community-based rehabilitation, and caring for the injured.
WHO releases guide to support collection of data on injuries in mortuaries and hospitals
In many low- and middle-income countries, violence and injuries are among the leading causes of death, but few such countries routinely collect information about these fatalities. Fatal injury surveillance in mortuaries and hospitals: a manual for practitioners aims at improving the collection, analysis and dissemination of such data. It is primarily intended for professionals working in institutions responsible for the collection, compilation, and use of mortality data for public health action. For further information, contact Ms Kidist Bartolomeos (bartolomeosk@...).
Protecting people, promoting health: A public health approach to violence prevention for England
Published by Liverpool John Moores University's Centre for Public Health (a WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention) and the United Kingdom's Department of Health, this report describes the major roles public health and health care services can play in reducing levels of violence across England. New estimates of the cost of violence in the report put these at GB£ 2.9 billion annually for the National Health Service and GB £29.9 billion each year for wider society. The report details the extent and nature of violence; its impact on health and wellbeing, education and antisocial behaviour; risk and protective factors; the range of evidence-based approaches for preventing violence; and related national policies and programmes.
WHO initiates development of guideline Preventing youth violence: taking action and generating evidence
This publication, due for release in 2014, will be a state-of-the-science guide for policy-makers from different sectors. It will provide practical recommendations on developing, planning implementing and evaluating interventions to prevent youth violence, with an emphasis on low- and middle-income settings. The project is funded by the Jacobs Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Input to the guideline development process includes systematic reviews of the available published and grey literature, and contributions from the world's leading experts on youth violence prevention. The guideline will be accompanied by a comprehensive training and capacity-building package.
For a wealth of information on violence prevention, visit the WHO VIP Prevention of Violence web-site: www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/en/
For publications and posters, visit: www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/violence/en/index.html
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