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Congressional Briefing on Violence and Health Set For September 15

U.S. launch of World Report on Violence and Health features Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, officials from PAHO, WHO and CDC

Washington, DC, September 11, 2003 (PAHO)—Experts on violence prevention and health from the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will join U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona on Monday Sept. 15 for a briefing on violence prevention and the U.S. launch of the World Report on Violence and Health.

The briefing will be held Monday, Sept. 15, 2003 at 2:30 pm at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Topics include U.S. and international experience with violence as a public health issue, the need for increased efforts to prevent violence in the family and in communities around the world, and how the United States can contribute to these efforts, based on its domestic experience.

Speakers include U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard H. Carmona; Dr. Etienne Krug, director, Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, WHO; Dr. Suzanne Binder, director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, and Dr. Nils Daulaire, president of the Global Health Council. Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization is the moderator.

Each year, more than 1.6 million people worldwide die from violence, which has become a leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 44. Violence is also a serious health burden everywhere, including the United States, where homicide and suicide ranked as the second and third causes of death in young adults between 15 and 34 years of age. Three million women in the U.S. experience domestic violence each year. In the Americas, each year 120,000 people are homicide victims and another 180,000 die from suicide and traffic accidents. Violence rates also vary by country income levels and are more than twice as high (32 deaths per 100,000 population) in low and middle income countries as those in high income countries, with 14.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

The World Report on Violence and Health makes a series of recommendations for violence prevention, and WHO's Dr. Etienne Krug says "Evidence from around the world suggests that violence can be prevented by a variety of measures aimed at individuals, families and communities."

For more information, video material, or photographs please contact: Daniel Epstein, Area of Public Information, (202) 974-3459, e-mail: epsteind@paho.org.