Christopher Mikton works in the Prevention of Violence Unit in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. His work currently focuses on preparing the Global status report on violence prevention; synthesizing evidence and developing evidence-based technical guidelines for the prevention of different forms of interpersonal violence; supporting the prevention of interpersonal violence in developing countries, with a particular focus on child maltreatment prevention; integrating violence prevention into early childhood development programmes; running the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), including leading several of the VPA project groups; and contributing to capacity development for violence prevention. He was educated at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (PhD and MPhil in Criminology) and McGill University in Montreal, Canada (BA). Before joining WHO, he worked as a clinical scientist for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Justice and Department of Health's Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Programme. In the past, he has also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
How a Global Information System on Violence Prevention can Best Help Reduce Violence by 50% in the next 30 Years
This talk will begin by explaining why, from a public health perspective, a global information system on violence prevention is a prerequisite for reducing violence by 50% in the next 30 years. It will then present WHO’s plans to create such a Global Information System for Violence Prevention (GISVP, name still provisional) and discuss how research – on health information systems, knowledge translation, and on the role of evidence in determining the political priority of global health issues – can help enhance GISVP’s contribution to reducing violence. The talk will be divided into four parts: (1) the relevance of GISPV to reducing violence by 50% in the next 30 years; (2) evidence and arguments bearing on the creation of GISVP; (3) a description of the content, audiences, purposes of, and methods used to develop, GISVP; and (4) recommendations related to global violence prevention data.