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Health priorities: violence and injuries

The first of three videos discussing key health priorities for adolescents. Watch Dr David Meddings talk about violence and injuries in adolescents.

In the previous step we identified a number of major health priorities that can either manifest for the first time during adolescence or have a major effect at that time of life. Here, Dr David Meddings discusses the impact of violence and injuries on adolescent health.

Violence and injuries are a major leading cause of mortality in adolescents, occupying three of the five top causes of death. There are important differences between the types of deaths in this category, e.g. homicide, suicide, accidents, and in the rates of each type in regions across the world.

What can we do to reduce the number of these deaths?

Many different approaches can be used to reduce the numbers of these types of deaths, ranging from improving interpersonal relationships to restricting access to weapons to community awareness programmes. Looking forward to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, how can we reach these targets, secure the necessary collaboration and co-operation across sectors, and decrease mortality rates for adolescents in relation to violence and injuries?

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