South Africa: IANSA Public Health Network at WHO violence prevention meeting

Representatives from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the IANSA Public Health Network were active participants in a meeting on the World Health Organisation’s ‘Global Campaign for Violence Prevention’ in Cape Town, South Africa, 6-7 September. They highlighted the issue of armed violence and the need for more accurate data on gun deaths and injury worldwide.  Among the speakers at the event was South African gun control advocate Adele Kirsten, who discussed successful strategies for advocacy and education to help mobilise for violence prevention, such as using the media to highlight the high numbers of gun deaths in the country. She said, “Sometimes a massive research project is not possible. In South Africa, all we needed to know was that 35 people a day were being killed by guns”.