Published: Tuesday 15 July 1997

On the occasion of the UN cation control programmes. World Day to Combat Desertificaion on June 17, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, violence as a public health problem was Aecutive director of the gramme, said that the viewed as an isolated, focalised threat; it h abstract planning and lack of political will 00031MMENIM were responsible for the failure of desertif as wide environmental, economic and social ramifications. @illions of people worldwide who stay in dry lands suffer hardships as the lands lose all productivity forcing them to move to a worse existence in an urban setting. She said that neglect of the social dimensions of the problem abstract planning and lack of political will were responsible for the failure of desertification control programmes.

An international plan of action to deal With World Health Organization (WHO) at the problem of desertification should not be unanimously endorsed by more than 1,200 UN Development Pro- delegates from 191 member nations of the 50th World Health Assembly in Geneva recently. The agenda proposes collection of reliable data within the next three years which would be used in the formulation of, and in setting targets for the programme on violence prevention and health. According to WHO, on an average, violence results in more than 3.5 million deaths, every year.

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