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Violence and injury prevention

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Burden of violence and injuries in Yemen

Despite the lack of a health sector surveillance system for injuries and violence, data received from the Ministry of the Interior suggests that injuries are among the ten main causes of mortality in Yemen. However, due to cultural and social barriers, there is a well-recognized underreporting of interpersonal violence.

Programme objectives

The objectives of the WHO country office violence and injury prevention programme are to:

develop a surveillance system to register cases of violence

train health workers and other relevant persons on identifying and dealing with cases and victims

raise awareness on injuries and violence among decision-makers and the community

develop active and practical coordination mechanisms between partners. 

Programme achievements

Achievements in violence and injury prevention in Yemen supported by WHO include:

development of a road safety strategy

launch of a surveillance system in 10 hospitals in five governorates

training of trainers on TEACH-VIP, a modular violence and injury prevention and control curriculum

establishment of violence and injuries guidelines. 


The partners of the WHO country office violence and injury prevention programme include:

Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood

Ministry of Public Health and Population

National Women's Committee

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 27 426
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.6
Life expectancy 65.3

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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