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Supporting students/young professionals from a low or middle income country to attend key international events through contribution to the Bill Kane Health Equity Fellowship

 

The project, under the Bill Kane Health Equity Fellowship programme, supported:

 

Supporting road safety efforts globally

 

Contributing to the evaluation of the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative in Cambodia and Uganda

Deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes are a major and growing public health problem in the developing world. Worldwide, 1.27 million people are killed and 20-50 million injured in road crashes every year-almost half of them are pedestrians, motorcycles and bicyclists, and more than 90% of them are in low and middle income countries.

The Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI) is a coalition that was established in 2009 by the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, with support from the FIA Foundation, the World Bank, and others. The GHVI is built from the successful experience of helmet distribution, public education programs and progressive legislation in Vietnam which resulted in a 90% increase in helmet use on motorcycles in Vietnam.

This project is part of a larger effort to expand the GHVI in pilot countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to encourage the policy changes and investment decisions that lead to increased and sustainable motorcycle helmet wearing.

The IUHPE, with active involvement of its Global Working group on Surveillance (WARFS) actively supports the evaluation and surveillance of the expansion of the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI) in Cambodia (with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Handicap International Belgium (HIB) and the John Hopkins School of Public Health) and Uganda (with the Injury Control Center Uganda).

More details are available here.

 

Supporting the evaluation and dissemination of best practices in Road Safety in Uruguay

The Road Safety Plan for Children - EDU-CAR, implemented by the Gonzalo Rodríguez Memorial Foundation (GRMF), works for the protection of today's children and their education as tomorrow's drivers, promoting a cultural change that values and respects safe practices in traffic. Their 3-year plan is aligned with global recommendations for Road Safety.

The IUHPE supports the ongoing evaluation of the EDU-CAR campaign through:

 

Support Youth Delegates' efforts & Build capacity of a Youth NGO (YOURS)

More than 400,000 of the victims killed on the roads are young people (aged 10-24 years) making road traffic crashes the leading cause of death among young people globally. Unless more comprehensive global action is taken, the number of deaths and injuries is likely to rise significantly.

The IUHPE supported the development of youth delegates' in the field through supporting Youth for Road Safety (YOURS), a global youth-led NGO for road safety that acts to keep young people safe on the worlds' roads, to develop a tool kit to introduce young individuals and organizations to the road safety field particularly youth issues and to motivate them to become actively involved.

YOURS, launched on the occasion of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation on November 19th -20th 2009, believes that it is young people themselves who can be at the forefront of making a difference and wants to support young people in their road safety initiatives.

To achieve this goal, YOURS:

In 2012, as a result of an ongoing collaboration with CDC and IUHPE, Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) finalised the development of a tool kit for young people who want to start getting engaged in road safety efforts launched on April 16th, 2012. Youth and Road Safety Action Kit aims to introduce young individuals and organisations to road safety, particularly youth issues, and provide the knowledge they need to implement road safety activities.

Read the final product.

 

Contributing to raising awareness of reality of road traffic crashes in Latin America

In 2013, the Association for Safe International Travel (ASIRT), in collaboration with the IUHPE and the Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation, developed a publication, FACES in Latin America, that presents first-hand accounts of the impact of road traffic crashes on victims, their families and communities. This publication is based on a similar publication, Faces behind the figures, developed jointly with the World Health Organization, and launched during Global Road Safety Week in 2007.

The idea is that the publication provides a framework for civil society involvement in road safety efforts in their respective countries and is used by road safety NGOs to raise awareness of the social and economic magnitude and impact of road crashes in Latin America. This resource also contributes to raising awareness of key stakeholders, policy and decision makers on the need to address key risk factors; energizing victims and civil society groups; and encouraging the enactment of effective, proven interventions, including post-crash and disability support for injured survivors and their families.

The FACES in Latin America publication is available in Spanish.

 

Developing guidelines for country road safety engagement to improve global road safety towards equitable and sustainable development

In 2013, the World Bank, in collaboration with the IUHPE, CDC, and Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), developed guidelines Improving Global Road Safety: Towards Equitable and Sustainable Development - Guidelines for Country Road Safety Engagement as a key tool to assist the identification, preparation and implementation of multilateral development bank investment projects designed to improve country road safety performance and to encourage stronger linkages between the health and transport sectors.

These guidelines were adapted from a report of the Argentina Road Safety Project case study exemplifying the innovative application of the new guidelines.

The new guidelines are available for download in ENGLISH and SPANISH.

 

Read the summary of IUHPE activities on Global Road Safety