World Health & Population
An Epidemiological Approach for the Prevention of Urban Violence: The Case of Cali, Colombia
"Identifying violence as a public health issue is a relatively new idea", wrote Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in 1985 (Koop, 1989). Later, in 1992, Koop declared that violence was a public health emergency (Koop, 1992). The Ministers of Health of the Americas declared 'Prevention of Violence' as a public health priority in 1993 (PAHO, undated) and the World Health Assembly passed a similar resolution in 1996 (WHO, 1996). At present, the prevention of violence is not only making it to the front page of newspapers but is also very high on the political agenda of mayors and other decision-makers.
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