Thursday, 21 March 2013

Safety stars for school in Mexico pilot

Launch of the school star rating pilot in Mexico City
A pilot project to provide safety star ratings of routes to school is underway in Mexico City, led by the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP).

iRAP estimates that, each day, 6 children die on their journey to or from school in Mexico. The pilot project, in partnership with Safe Kids Mexico, will test the methodology of a new tool developed by iRAP and the University of North Carolina. The star rating tool will eventually enable communities around the world to Star Rate roads around their schools and generate safety countermeasure plans that will equip parents, teachers and children with the evidence to demand action from local authorities. For example, the Mexico City pilot is being implemented at a school which has experienced a number of serious road crashes in its neighbouring streets.

The pilot is being supported by the Road Safety Fund through a generous donation from FedEx, a Global Supporter of the Decade of Action.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

GBD country data published

New data for the Global Burden of Disease 2010 has been published by the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation at an event hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. New online tools enable interrogation of country-level data, allowing for a detailed picture of health issues - including road traffic injuries. Speaking at the launch alongside Bill Gates, IHME Director Prof. Christopher Murray described road injury as a 'major contributor' to the global burden of disease. His data finds that road crashes are now the leading cause of death for boys and young men aged 10-29 and the second leading cause, after HIV/AIDS, for men aged 30-40. Responding for the World Bank, Nicole Klingen, Acting Director of Health, highlighted the road injury data and said the GBD study "will require a multi-sectoral lense, and we will look at reassessing policy and funding discussions across the development spectrum". Watch the webcast here . The Road Safety Fund was represented at the launch by our US Director, Dr Bella Dinh Zarr, who said: "It is clear that for young men of school and working age, road injury is now the leading burden of disease. Policymakers and donors need to follow the evidence and take urgent action to stem this avoidable epidemic on the world's roads".

Bella Dinh Zarr, US Director of the Road Safety Fund, (right) with David Sleet of the US Centers for Disease Control - one of the contributors to the GBD study - at the launch at the Gates Foundation

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Evaluation workshop in Brazil

Workshop participants. photo copyright Adnan Hyder
A Latin American regional workshop on effective evaluation of road safety interventions has been held in Curitiba, Brazil. The workshop, organised by the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) with a grant from the Road Safety Fund, brought together 30 practitioners and researchers from nine Latin American countries. The workshop was led by Professor Adnan Hyder, Chair of RTIRN and Director of the John Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.