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ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardization, has appointed Stephen Russell as its new Secretary-General. He took up his post in the Brussels-based Secretariat in January 2007. Stephen Russell succeeds Dr Gottlobe Fabisch, who resigned at the end of September 2006 after 6 years as Secretary-General. Stephen Russell has considerable experience in the field of standardization, having previously worked for the British Standards Institution (BSI) and as vice-chairman of the Technical Board of CEN, the European standards organization and chairman of its Technical Committee Management Group. Most recently, Stephen was Director, Standards, in the CEN Management Centre (Brussels) with responsibility for CEN technical policy, standards development and production.

Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand has presented inaugural Leadership Te Manaia awards to Margaret Devlin, Molly Pardoe, Jean Simpson, Sandra James and Helen McCracken. The awards are in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the injury prevention sector and the setting up of the Injury Prevention Network.

GUIDE ON PREVENTING CHILD VIOLENCE

In October, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a practical new guide to help countries prevent violence against children. Children are the victims of startling levels of violence, often at the hands of those who should be protecting them. This new guide, published by the WHO and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), demonstrates that violence against children can and must be prevented. Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence is intended to assist countries to design and deliver programmes for the prevention of child maltreatment by parents and caregivers. The guide is a practical tool that will help governments implement the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence Against Children. Country reports in the study show that children under 10 years of age are at significantly greater risk than older children of severe …

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