The application's long-term goals are to prevent injuries due to violence and unintentional causes; to? promote safety, and to mitigate the consequences for victims of violence and injuries. The objectives are to? equip governments and their partners in the international community to formulate and implement costeffective,? gender-specific strategies to prevent violence and injuries and mitigate their consequences where? they do occur.
The specific aims are to strengthen information from low- and middle-income countries about? the economic costs of violence; to develop and pilot frameworks for preventing child maltreatment, intimate? partner violence and sexual violence, to increase the number of government decision makers and technical? staff trained in a public health approach to violence prevention and the development and implementation of? national violence prevention policies and plans of action, and to strengthen international collaborations and? networking for the prevention of violence.? With over five million deaths each year, violence and injuries account for nine percent of global mortality.? Eight of the 15 leading causes of death for people aged 15-29 years are injury-related: road traffic injuries,? homicides, suicides, drowning, burns, war injuries, poisonings and falls. For every death, there are dozens of? hospitalizations, hundreds of emergency department visits and thousands of doctor's appointments.? Preventing violence and injuries has been shown through scientific research to be possible, and successful? prevention efforts can do much to reduce premature death, limit the number of serious injuries and? disabilities, and enhance the well-being and safety of people in all countries of the world.