244085 From promises to action; creating focused partnerships in violence reduction

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Alison Gehring, PhD student , School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom
Prof Peter D. Donnelly, MD MPH FRCP FFPH , Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom
Alexander Butchart, MA, PhD , Violence and Injury Prevention Unit, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
Purpose We run an international network of country partners to share technical expertise on interpersonal violence prevention and to enable the development and implementation of multisectoral policy. This is a collaborative project led by the University of St Andrews and the WHO Violence and Injury Prevention team with support from the Scottish Government.

Methods Four countries were selected, based on agreed criteria, to form a network for technical exchange. An International Colloquium was hosted to bring together experts and policy makers to show case models of best practice and to explore areas for strengthening collaboration. The programme, which was participatory in format, culminated in each country making three pledges. A programme of technical exchange has been put in place to support delivery of the pledges within an agreed timeframe. The reporting back of progress will have begun before the date of the APHA meeting.

Outcomes This presentation will focus upon the challenges and enablers of constructing an international network of committed country partners, catalysing country level action and facilitating implementation through technical exchange. The contribution of this programme to the development of an evidence base for the impact of national violence prevention policies and programmes within low-and middle-income countries will be explored.

Conclusions This is an innovative example of country led shared learning for violence prevention. This session will present the value of international partnerships and identify the necessary mechanisms to support the translation of the good will of partners into committed action on the ground.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the challenges and enablers for building the international partnership for violence prevention led by the Scottish Government in cooperation with the World Health Organisation. 2. Describe the mechanisms to translate the commitments of the Scottish programme partners into action. 3. Debate the appropriateness of the initiative's country led technical exchange programme. 4. Discuss the contribution of the programme to global violence prevention efforts.

Keywords: Partnerships, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I manage an international collaboration to prevent violence based on a public health approach and I am in my final year of my postgraduate study in public health policy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.