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From WHO Europe

WHO

Organized by WHO/Europe, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia, the Public Health Agency of Latvia and the Nordic Council of Ministers, with support from the Norwegian Government.

An increasing number of European countries have developed national policies, strengthened their surveillance systems, implemented evidence-based prevention programmes and engaged in capacity building. However, to improve injury prevention, the health sector needs to commit to more widespread policy development and implementation of effective programmes, and to engage with other stakeholders in a multisectoral response.

Aims: to explore the role of the health sector in a multisectoral response to the prevention of family violence, focusing on particular children, women and elderly. The workshop will examine closely the role of alcohol as a risk factor for violence.

Invited participants include different actors and stakeholders from various sectors, such as policy makers, professionals, journalists and activists working in the public health sector in the Baltic and Nordic countries.

Expected results

  • Greater understanding of the role of the health sector in multisectoral response to prevention of family violence
  • Shared experiences of best practice and implementation of evidence based programmes for prevention of family violence

Specific objectives

  • Discuss the role of the health sector in a multisectoral response in preventing family violence
  • Receive the latest evidence on examples of good-practice
  • Exchange experiences on implementing evidence-based programmes for preventing intimate partner violence, child maltreatment and elder abuse
  • Consider alcohol misuse as a risk factor for and as a consequence of violence
  • Debate strategies for a way forward
  • Support the involvement of young journalists from the Nordic and Baltic countries in the public debate on violence.

Contacts

Technical aspects:

Dr Dinesh Sethi,
Programme Manager, a.i.
WHO/Europe
Email: violenceinjury@ecr.euro.who.int 

Ms Hedda Bie
Technical Officer for violence prevention
WHO/Europe
Email: violenceinjury@ecr.euro.who.int

Administrative support:

Ms Manuela Gallitto
Programme Assistant
WHO/Europe
Tel.: +39 06 4877 538
Fax: +39 06 4877 599
Email: violenceinjury@ecr.euro.who.int 

Ms Egija Lapina
National Professional Officer for violence prevention
WHO country office in Riga, Latvia
Tel. +371 67503619
Email: egl@euro.who.int

Background

The Nordic and Baltic countries have a long history of collaboration and sharing of experience in a number of areas. In the context of violence prevention, Norway has taken a leading role in supporting the expansion of good practices, networking, and capacity building in the Baltic Region.

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