Road Safety Targeted in Ten Countries Over Five Years1 min read
What’s on track to become a bigger killer than malaria? Vehicular traffic. Unless trends are reversed, cars and trucks will kill 1.9 million people worldwide annually by 2020. To combat this deadly threat, Bloomberg Philanthropies has funded a five-year initiative in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Viet Nam where statistics are increasingly grim. A consortium that includes the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) is charged with engaging governments and NGOs to promote more responsible driver behavior, trauma care and data collection in each of these countries. Efforts are just getting underway and will continue through 2014. We’ll dig deeper into this topic by taking a closer look at ASIRT and its activities in one of our next posts.
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