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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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.


  1. Global Road Safety Partnership is one of the 6 consortium Partners as well. Happy to provide some stories about the work we are doing in the 10 countries. 3 partners are in all 10 countries: WHO, GRSP and JHU.
    ASIRT is in Kenya, Egypt and Turkey. World Bank is in China, Russia and India. EMBARQ is in India, Turkey and Brazil. Let me know if you want some insider stories as there is a lot of good work going on.

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