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International Society for Violence and Injury Prevention International Conference

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The International Society for Violence and Injury Prevention (ISVIP) hosted the International Conference on “Children and Injuries” in Cape Town, South Africa from 31 August to 3 September 2008. ISVIP's mission is to establish global commitment to violence and injury prevention through advocacy and public policy action, and consequently, by enhanced research, education and prevention efforts. ISVIP was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) as its advisory body for linking research and policy formulation. The conference was organised in collaboration with the Child Accident Prevention
Foundation of Southern Africa (CAPFSA). Children constitute one of the most vulnerable groups in society not only for physical injury and violence, but also for the psychological consequences thereof. Over 95% of all childhood injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries and it was therefore apt to focus on children and injuries for this conference on the African continent.

African Safety Promotion Vol. 6 (2) 2008: pp. 75-77