Fighting Gun Violence Like Infectious Diseases

Charts, graphs and maps of gun violence in America looked eerily familiar to physician and epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, and in 2000 he founded Cure Violence to combat the issue like an infectious disease.

In 25 cities worldwide, including in Iraq and Honduras, the program applies the same toolkit Slutkin used against TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa—namely find local leaders, train them and have them teach others how to stop the deaths plaguing their neighborhoods.

Evidence that the program works includes data on Baltimore, where gun homicides were reduced by 56% in 1 neighborhood, according to a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health evaluation in 2012.

Public Radio International

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