Three years ago the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention was set up following the WHO's World Report on Violence and Health. What progress has it made?
In a second Health Matters special, we report on projects run by health workers all around the world to prevent violence.
Public health doctors in areas such as the Caribbean and South Africa which have particularly high levels of violence, are given a voice. They explain how they think the problem can be controlled.
Other schemes aim to give young men alternatives to joining gangs, so they are less likely to become involved in fights. Others aim to educate people about the adverse consequences of violence. This can involve breaking the cycle of violence where young victims become the perpetrators themselves later in life.
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