Road Safety Week 6-12 May 2019 (2)

7 May, 2019

Citation and selected extracts below, from a new editorial in The Lancet Global Health.

CITATION: Editorial: Speaking up for global road safety

The Lancet Global Health

Published: May 06, 2019


Road traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 29 years globally...

WHO's most recent Global Status Report on Road Safety, published in December 2018, showed no reduction in deaths due to road traffic incidents in any low-income country between 2013 and 2016... Twice the number of road traffic victims in low-income countries die before reaching hospital compared to those in high-income countries, highlighting the importance of access to high quality post-crash care for survival.

Experiences from high-income countries show that it is possible to dramatically reduce the number of deaths due to crashes. Europe has the lowest road traffic fatality rate in the world...

WHO's Save LIVES package sets out 22 priority evidence-based interventions based on experiences in high-income countries and is intended to serve as a guide to support national and local policy decisions. Yet, as Adnan Hyder stated in a Comment published in The Lancet Public Health late last year, “Defining packages alone is not enough… Implementation of effective interventions at scale is the only way to decrease death and disability across the globe”...


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