WHO highlights impact of violence on health
- By: Mirza Muminovic
Violence kills more than 1.6 million people every year, says the first comprehensive World Report on Violence and Health, released by the World Health Organization (see www.who.int/en/).
The report has taken three years to write and was drawn from evidence using the expertise of 160 experts from around the world.
In addition to those who are killed by violent acts, millions of people are left injured as a result of violence and suffer from physical, sexual, reproductive, and mental health problems.
Everyday, an average of 1424 people are killed worldwide by acts of homicide--almost one person every minute. About 191 million people lost their lives in conflicts during the 20th century, and well over half of them were civilians.
Youth homicide rates have increased in many parts of the world. For every young person killed, 20 to 40 are injured and need treatment. Research shows that fighting and bullying are