PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Spring 5-11-2018


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El Salvador, a country about the same size as the U.S’s New Jersey and a population of over six million people, has a death rate of 5.8 per 1,000. Even after going to war in the 1980s and 1990s, El Salvador is still riddled with everyday gun violence. Due to severe gang activity, the death toll has skyrocketed and police interjection only makes it worse. The leftist government of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, has opposed negotiations and moved gang leaders into tighter-security prisons, moves that have intensified the climate of confrontation. Plans to combat gang and gun violence has made somewhat of a difference in the past few years, but there is a long way to go before an everlasting impact is made. In order for a decrease in violence, there should be less of a push to fight it with more violence and more of a push to build a community away from fear. A move in the right direction is a crime and violence prevention project. The U.S. Agency for International Development-funded El Salvador Violence and Crime Prevention Project is addressing the troubling situation by improving the ability of communities, municipalities and national institutions to address violent crime. Creative (the organization who created the project) collaborated with the government of El Salvador to develop the National System for the Prevention of Violence Law. The following information is about how gun violence effects El Salvador and it includes a possible solution as to how to lessen the overwhelming issue that plagues the country.

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