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The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries. The report suggests that the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist. Drastic action is needed to put these measures in place to meet any future global target that might be set and save lives.
Death on the Roads: Data visualization based on WHO GSR
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, ‘Data Visualization: GBD Compare – Deaths’ Seattle, WA: University of Washington
An introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals
Save Lives: A road safety technical package
The Save LIVES technical package has been developed by the World Health Organization to support road safety decision-makers and practitioners in their efforts to significantly reduce the number of road traffic deaths in their countries:
“How to” road safety manuals
The UN Road Safety Collaboration supported the development of a series of practical and user-friendly manuals to provide step-by-step guidance on implementing specific interventions
GRSP Advocacy Resource Center:
Tools and Training to build targeted and innovative road safety advocacy campaigns
World Health Organization Toolkit:
Powered two- and three-wheeler safety: A road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners
The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable
An estimated 1.25 million people are killed on the world’s roads every year, and between 20 and 50 million people are seriously injured. Every traffic crash is an individual loss. When death or serious injury results, this loss is compounded by the harm to people, households, and social networks. But what is the impact of road traffic injuries (RTIs) on the economic well-being of countries, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that are already struggling to address the needs of large populations in poverty? By estimating the macroeconomic and welfare effects of road traffic injuries, the report tries both to deepen the analysis and to address the needs of two important groups of government stakeholders. Officials responsible for national infrastructure are interested in evaluating road safety interventions as economic investments. For these stakeholders, a key question is the relationship between the reduction of road injuries and national income growth as measured by GDP metrics. Public health officials, meanwhile, are focused on promoting health, preventing road traffic injuries and deaths, as well as on reducing their health and social burden. These two analytical perspectives illuminate and complement each other, although they each apply a different methodology for the measurement of economic impact. The present report thus attempts to address these specific aspects of economic impact, while providing a comprehensive overview of the challenge in estimating the social impact of RTIs.
Unfinished Journey: The Global Health Response to Children & Road Traffic
Unfinished Journey: The Global Health Response to Children & Road Traffic highlights the gap between evidence on the scale of road traffic’s impact on child and adolescent health and the action. It argues for integrating road traffic injury prevention, air pollution and child NCDs into the UN’s ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ health strategy; sets out the many health and environmental benefits that can accrue from achieving child-friendly health streets in cities across the world; and calls for a first ever UN Summit on Child & Adolescent Health to give momentum to this policy agenda.