Prevention of injuries and violence

Peter Yanchevsky

Surgical nurse in the operating room at Grodno Regional Hospital, Belarus

A series of training sessions in TEACH-VIP (Training, Educating and Advancing Collaboration in Health on Violence and Injury Prevention) has been organized by the WHO Country Office in Belarus, in Minsk.

On 5 October 2011, a WHO/Europe expert used the WHO TEACH VIP curriculum (a comprehensive injury prevention and control curriculum) in a capacity-building course on road safety for participants mainly from the health sector. The programme included lectures, work groups, discussion and train-the-trainer activities.

On 6 October 2011, a national policy dialogue took place among representatives from the health, internal affairs and education ministries. Participants discussed recent data and national policy on road safety. Activities for 2012–2013 agreed upon with representatives of ministries include:

  • building capacity in child injury prevention; and
  • launching new data on road safety in conjunction with activities for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020.