In our Safe Community Network there are now more than 300 communities that are “designated” - with more than 100 million citizens. More than 20 “International Safe Community Support Centres” support the communities´ continuous improvements. Around twenty authorized active certifiers works are of crucial value in that quality improvement process.Injuries caused by accidents, violence or “self-inflicted” cause a lot of negative effects as human suffering or death as well as economic negative effects for individuals, states, communities and the business sector. In principle all injuries are preventable. Target oriented work and collaboration communities all over the world have shown that it is possible to decrease injuries by at least 25 % yearly.
There are five ground pillars for success
- Injury prevention requires coordinated action in the community
- Health sector have a crucial role in collecting information on injured people, injury patterns, causes of injuries and hazard situations
- Local programs must include all citizens and focus on the most vulnerable
- Evaluation both of the process and outcome of a safety promotion program is important
- The work must be of high quality with countinous feed-back and improvements of programs
In our quality assurance program there are now more than 300 communities that are “designated” - with more than 100 million citizens – that are participating in our “Safe Community Network”. More than 20 “International Safe Community Support Centres” support the communities´ continuous improvements. Around twenty authorized active certifiers works are of crucial value in that quality improvement process.
From the beginning in 1989 The World Health Organization and Karolinska Institutet set up a “Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion” in order to thoroughly develop the concept of “Safe Communities” and the practical work of helping communities to develop efficient program in a world-wide network. This co-operation ceases by September 2015 when the work has gone into an ongoing operative phase. The work is now replaced by all activities hosted by the “International Safe Community Certifying Centre”- all info in this home page! The organisation is established as an NGO (Non- Governmental Organization).
The initiative to “Safe Communities” was once and for all taken 3 to 4 decades ago by the World Health Organization. The future will show how formal co-operation should look like.
Leif Svanström, Chair International Safe Community Certifying Centre
Stockholm Sweden September 2015