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Understanding the Impact of Small Arms on Global Public Health

Annual Call for Projects 2001


This project is a partnership comprised of three Geneva-based organizations, and a number of international collaborators (to be identified during Phase 1 of the project). The Geneva-based organizations include the World Health Organization (WHO): Injuries and Violence Prevention Department, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS): Small Arms Survey (SAS) project and the University of Geneva: Institute for Legal Medicine.

The project aims to document and better understand the public health effects associated with the widespread availability and misuse of small arms. Despite recent international efforts to address this issue such as the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects held in New York in July 2001, in many parts of the world there is still a lack of basic information on the health impacts of small arms on individuals and societies. A methodologically rigorous and comprehensive examination of the phenomenon and effects of armed violence will be essential to understanding the full range of impacts associated with the use and misuse of these weapons and developing evidence-based preventive interventions.

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 250,000

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Project Team

Ms Maria Fernanda Tourinho Peres , Associated Member, University of São Paulo .

Research Output

Firearm-Related Violence in Brazil
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Firearm-Related Violence in Mozambique
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