WHO & MUARC Step Safely Webinar Series - Strategies for Preventing and Managing Falls Across The Life-Course
The Step Safely webinar series was hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in April 2022 to support the promotion and dissemination of the Step Safely Technical Package. Each webinar in the series focused on international experts in the field of falls prevention and highlighted example strategies for preventing and managing falls across three population groups.
Falls are a significant and rapidly growing global public health problem, taking the 684 000 lives each year. Fall-related deaths have risen far faster than any other type of injury over the last two decades. Beyond the death toll, 172 million more people experience disabilities arising from a fall each year. Many factors account for this increase – ageing populations and patterns of urbanization chief among them.
The Step Safely Technical Package launched by the WHO in April 2021 provides concrete recommendations for evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage falls for children and adolescents, workers, and older people. Among others, effective prevention measures include parenting programmes for low-income and marginalized families, stricter worker safety regulations, and strength and balance training for older people. Preventing falls can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals linked to health and well-being, decent work, and safe, inclusive cities. The global community should actively look for opportunities to reduce the growing harm, suffering and loss that result from falls.