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  • Reply to: Is Violence a Public Health Problem?   1 week 5 days ago

    Interesting post! It's troublesome to consider the lack of information into this area of public health even though as noted it is a top cause of premature death and health problems, in order to address this complex problem it will be key to put some real effort into research into the major causes of violence in communities across the globe and into what kind of interventions are effective. I think the major problem with this is that violence is so widespread and diverse and different for every community. Research and information gathering is definitely key along with programs targeting risk factors.

  • Reply to: Mental Health: Time for a Broader Agenda   2 weeks 3 days ago
    Thanks for this blog, Patricio.  Since the header / tagline for these pages is Investing in Health, I thought I should make a link to a recent (and brief) WHO report on Investing in mental health: evidence for action: . This sets out some of the main conceptual arguments for investing in mental health - public health and economic burden, human rights protection, equity and financial protection, cost-effectiveness - and the evidential basis in support of them. A rather convincing case can be made.
    Best wishes and see you soon, Dan Chisholm
  • Reply to: Is Violence a Public Health Problem?   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero wins Roux Prize for using data to address violence as a public health crisis in Cali, Colombia. See:


  • Reply to: Is Violence a Public Health Problem?   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Patricio, thank you for a great read. I think the answer to the title of the blog is an emphatic “yes” and I suggest some ways in which public health can engage on IPV:

    1) Engaging in Risk Factors that lie in the domain of public health: e.g. mental health; alcohol; targeting at-risk populations with appropriate programs.

    2) Improving related Services: e.g. emergency services (including innovative response technologies such as gunshot detection systems); linking hospitals and law enforcement in domestic abuse cases; ensuring continuity of services in conflict settings.

    3) Measurement & Research: e.g. strengthening national systems to correctly record causes of death; surveys; innovative approaches, including social media monitoring, to map and track violence-related events/mortality/morbidity; further understanding causes & consequences.

    4) Advocacy: as appropriate, to strengthen national legislation and enforcement, and internationally, particularly related to control of small arms.

  • Reply to: Is Violence a Public Health Problem?   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Wonderful blog! It is important to remember that even as we are advancing on some important development indicators, countries facing high levels of violence often find it hard to progress. Even in countries who are doing well overall, there are lagging subnational areas where violence is very entrenched, and that are not keeping pace with the rest of the country. There is a lot we can do to help our clients break the cycles of violence and poverty.