Decade of action for



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  • SAVING
  • MILLIONS
  • OF LIVES
  • FACTS

Key facts

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • Road traffic
  • WHO 2004
  • 1.3
  • Malaria
  • WHO 2008
  • <1
  • Tuberculosis
  • WHO 2008
  • 1.8
  • AIDS-related deaths
  • UNAIDS 2008
  • Number of deaths (millions)
  • 1.3
  • Nearly 1.3 million deaths
  • 20-50 million injured

Key facts

  • The leading cause of death
  • of young people aged
  • 15-29 years

Road traffic deaths

    • 46% of road traffic deaths are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists
  • 46%
  • Pedestrian, cyclists and motorized two-wheels riders and passengers
  • 6%
  • Others
  • 48%
  • Car occupants

90% of road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low-income and middle-income countries which have only 48% of the world's registered vehicles

  • Population
  • Road traffic deaths
  • Registered vehicles
  • Deaths vs vehicle ownership
  • Road traffic injury fatality rates* per 100 000 population, by WHO region and income group 

Worsening situation

  • Rank
  • Disease or Injury
  • 1
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • 2
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • 3
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • 4
  • 5
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • 6
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 7
  • Tuberculosis
  • 8
  • Trachea, bronchus, lung cancer
  • 9
  • Road traffic injuries
  • 10
  • Prematurity & low-birth weight
  • Rank
  • Disease or Injury
  • 1
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • 2
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • 3
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • 4
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • 5
  • Road traffic injuries
  • 6
  • Trachea, bronchus, lung cancer
  • 7
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • 8
  • Hypertensive heart disease
  • 9
  • Stomach cancer
  • 10
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 2004
  • 2030
  • Top 10 leading causes of death
  • The Decade
  • of Action

The Decade

  • November 2009
  • Called for by the Moscow Ministerial Declaration
  • March 2010
  • Tabled by the Russian Federation, co-sponsored by 100 countries
  • and declared by the United National General Assembly

The Goal

  • The overall goal of the Decade is to stabilize and then reduce the
  • forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by 2020
  • The Plan

Pillars of the Plan 

  • Road safety management
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users

Road safety management

    • Strengthen institutional capacity 
    • Put in practice United Nations road safety conventions
    • Establish lead agency 
    • Develop a national road safety strategy
    • Set realistic and long-term targets
    • Develop data systems
  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post –crash response

Safer roads and mobility

  • Improve safety-conscious planning, design, construction and operation of roads
  • Assess regularly safety of roads
  • Explore various forms of transport and safe infrastructure
  •  
  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post –crash response

Safer vehicles

  • Harmonize global standards
  • Implement new car assessment programmes
  • Equip all new cars with minimum safety features  
  • Promote use of crash avoidance technologies 
  • Encourage managers of fleets to purchase, operate and maintain safe vehicles
  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post –crash response

Safer road users

  • Adopt model road safety legislations 
  • Sustain or increase enforcement
  • Promote public awareness of risk factors
  • Call for activities to reduce work-related road traffic injuries 
  • Establish graduated driver licensing programmes for novice drivers
  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post –crash response

Post-crash response

  • Develop pre-hospital care systems 
  • Put in place single nationwide emergency telephone number
  • Provide early rehabilitation and support to injured patients and those bereaved by road traffic crashes
  • Establish insurance schemes 
  • Investigate crashes and provide legal response 
  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post–crash response
  • GOOD
  • Practices
  • Prevention works
  • Evolution of the number of annual road traffic deaths in metropolitan France, 1970-2009

Best buys in road safety

    • Speed reduction
    • Seat-belts
    • Child-restraints
    • Helmets
    • Drinking and driving
    • Low cost engineering measures
    • Safer vehicles
    • Pre-hospital and Trauma care
  • Laws
  • Enforcement
  • Standards
  • Behavior

Drinking and driving

  • BACs should be set at 0.05 g/dl for the general population.
  • Less than
  • 50%
  • of countries set
  • this limit!

Seat-belts and airbags

  • Only 57%
  • of countries
  • require seat-belts
  • (front & rear)!
  • Wearing a seat-belt reduces the risk of death among front-seat passengers by 40−65% and among rear-seat occupants by 25−75%.

Motorcycle helmets

  • Wearing a good quality motorcycle
  • helmet can reduce the risk of death by ±40% and severe head injury by >70%.
  • Only 40% of
  • countries have a comprehensive
  • law and standards!

Child restraints

  • Infant seats, child seats and booster seats can reduce deaths of infants by ±70% and deaths of small children by between 54%–80% in the event of a crash.
  • Less than 50%
  • of countries have
  • a child restraint law!

Speed reduction

    • Urban speed limits should
    • not exceed 50 km/h
    • and local authorities should
    • be able to reduce speeds
    • where necessary.
  • Only 29%
  • of countries
  • have such
  • laws!
  • The Launch

11 May 2011

  • Statements of support from
  • national and international leaders
  • Projection of the tag on national
  • landmarks in New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, Moscow, Warsaw, Colombo, others
  • Over 300 launch events
  • in more than 80 countries
  • WHO's
  • Contribution

WHO's contribution to the Plan

    • Coordinating global efforts
    • Monitoring progress through global status reports
    • Supporting road safety programmes in countries
    • Helping to improve emergency services
    • Building capacities
    • Supporting nongovernmental organizations
  • YOUR
  • Contribution 
  • Everybody's Decade
  • Policy-Makers
  • Victims and
  • Survivors
  • Young
  • People
  • Private
  • Companies
  • Media
  • International
  • Organizations
  • Nongovernmental
  • Organizations
  • A CULTURE
  • OF SAFETY

www.who.int/roadsafety www.decadeofaction.org


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