IANSA Public Health Network campaign for an ATT that can help prevent armed violence

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), leading members of the IANSA Public Health Network, are using the Week of Action to highlight the public health aspects of small arms:

  • In Zambia, IPPNW had a successful meeting with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs and Defence to give them recommendations on the implementation of the ATT ahead of the PrepCom in July.
  • IPPNW in Kenya called on health professionals to join the campaign against small arms proliferation and support the ATT during the First Conference of the College of Health Sciences of the University of Nairobi. They also distributed flyers on the health costs of armed violence and conducted a seminar in collaboration with the Kenya Action Network on Small Arms (KANSA) on gun violence in Kenya, the UN Programme of Action on small arms (UNPoA) and the ATT, and the way forward for civil society.
  • In India, IPPNW held a seminar, including a session devoted to the issue of small arms, preventing armed violence, and the need for an ATT. In addition, lectures were held at medical colleges in Srinagar on 28 May and Jammu on 29, and a public event was held in Ludhiana on 5 June on small arms, the ATT, and public health approaches to prevention.