WHO Report Claims About 500,000 Europeans Are Killed Annually Through Violence

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that different forms of violence and injuries in Europe take the lives of about 500,000 Europeans annually.

“Nearly 500,000 lives are lost to violence and injury in our Region each year,” WHO European Region tweeted on Friday.

According to the report seen by THE WHISTLER, “these deaths occur on streets, in homes, at schools, and in the places where we work and play, both in isolation and when families are together.”

Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, stated in the report that based on data received by the organization, violence is almost becoming a norm in the region.

“1350 times each and every day a parent, a child, a relative, a friend, is taken from us. Loved ones will grieve and rightly ask, ‘Why? How did this happen?’

“Long-term research and international experience have well established that violence and injuries have risk and protective determinants – making them predictable and preventable,” he added.

But he added that research needed to be quickly embarked upon to find out the scientific approach towards stopping the menace.

“For the sake of future generations, scaling up of evidence-based and data-driven interventions cannot wait,” he said.

However, he observed that the death toll (in Europe) due to violence, was not as high as what obtained in other continents.

“Between 2000 and 2016, all-cause injury deaths fell by 30% in the European Region, compared with significant increases in most other WHO regions,” the report read.

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