Dr. Alexander Butchart is the Prevention of Violence Coordinator in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. His responsibilities include coordinating the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention, the development of policy for the prevention of interpersonal violence, preparation of guidelines for the prevention of specific types of interpersonal violence, and the coordination of research into various aspects of interpersonal violence and its prevention (more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Unit of the WHO can be found here). His postgraduate training includes a master's degree in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and a doctoral degree for work examining the history and sociology of western medicine and public health in southern Africa. Prior to joining WHO he worked mainly in Southern and East Africa, where he was lead scientist in the South African Violence and Injury Surveillance Consortium, and in collaboration with the Uganda-based Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa participated in training violence and injury prevention workers from a number of African countries. He has been a visiting scientist at the Swedish Karolinska Institutet's Division of Social Medicine, and is a widely published social scientist.
Where Do We Want to Get and How? Outlining the Challenges
This talk argues that the global violence prevention field has now reached a crucial phase in its development. If it is to become stronger and more coherent, we should join forces in specifying global baselines and targets for violence prevention in the next 30 years, identifying the scientific and political prerequisites for having those baselines and targets fully owned by global and national stakeholders, and preparing a road map for how to get there. The talk presents hypothetical targets and baselines, reviews the adequacy of the scientific knowledge available to support baseline and target setting, links violence prevention to proposed post-2015 development goals, and outlines a political process to push violence prevention higher up the global political agenda.