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Violence

A colourful graphic image showing three sets of hands in different posesViolence is a public health challenge defined by the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in, or has a high likelihood of resulting in, injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.

Injuries

Injuries are a major public health problem claiming more than 5 million lives every year and harming many millions more. It is caused by acute exposure to physical agents, such as mechanical energy, heat, electricity, chemicals and ionizing radiation.

Disabilities

Disability is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; and a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and the features of the society in which he or she lives.

News

Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week

Under the banner “Make Walking Safe”, the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6–12 May) kicks off worldwide. With events registered in nearly 70 countries, the Week seeks to...

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The Partnership brings together six UN agencies (WHO, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Department of Economic and Social...

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UN Secretary-General road safety report

The latest UN Secretary-General road safety report was released on 30 September 2011. The report was developed with the support of WHO and in consultation with the UN regional commissions...

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In focus

In focus

UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020    Full report | Summary

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Events

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean hosted the first stakeholders’ meeting for developing an Arab report on disability on 26 December 2012. The meeting was a preliminary step...

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23 May 2013 - Today, an important briefing is taking place at WHO's World Health Assembly in Geneva in preparation for an upcoming high-level meeting on disability and development: the...

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