Gun violence and public health in Venezuela

An article posted on the website of the Presidential Commission for arms control and disarmament in Venezuela makes the case for a public health approach to gun violence, comparing it to epidemics such as the H1N1 flu. It includes comments by Cesar Marin of the IANSA International Advisory Council (IAC), who highlights the example of one hospital in El Salvador where the cost of treatments of gun injuries amounted to about 11% of the hospital’s budget, illustrating how implementing strong disarmament programmes can help free up more resources for the health sector.