Violence and injuries

Violence and unintentional injuries cause a significant amount of deaths, human suffering and disability in the WHO European Region every year, accounting for almost 530 000 deaths (5.7% of all deaths) and 9.4% of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in 2015. Injury and violence remain the leading causes of death in young people aged 5-49 years in the Region. To reduce the burden of violence and unintentional injury, WHO/Europe advocates the use of a public health approach.

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Child maltreatment prevention workshop strengthens collaboration in Nordic–Baltic subregion

WHO/Europe has brought together and supported Member States within the Nordic–Baltic subregion to strengthen national action to tackle violence against children through intersectoral work. To advance progress in this area, more than 90 stakeholders from 10 Member States took part in a workshop on 18–19 June 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania, to discuss how the health sector could partner with other sectors to stop child maltreatment.

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of all deaths from violence and unintentional injuries are caused by self-harm, road traffic injuries and falls in the WHO European Region.

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