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Capacity building and information technology
  1. D R Meddings
  1. Correspondence to Dr D R Meddings, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; meddingsd{at}

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Capacity building is one of the most commonly cited needs for advancing injury and violence prevention. Whereas the problem is most acute in low and middle-income settings that are beset with high burdens of injury and violence and very limited capacity, the historical neglect of the injury and violence area also means that even in high-income settings a great deal of capacity building needs to be done.

The needs—knowledge versus skills, geographical spread of potential recipients and level of training required—are so varied across the globe that WHO has increasingly been making use of information technology to increase the reach and effectiveness of its capacity building efforts. This article will briefly summarise some of the efforts for which information technology is playing an important role.

TEACH-VIP E-Learning1 is an online training resource that was launched on 13 January 2010 ( TEACH-VIP E-Learning has been developed from TEACH-VIP,2 which is a comprehensive injury prevention and control curriculum developed by WHO and a global network of prevention experts. Since its launch in 2005, TEACH-VIP has been put into use in training settings …

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  • Disclaimer Dr Meddings is a staff member of WHO. He alone is responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of WHO.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.