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WHO welcomes announcement of major contribution to global road safety

18 November 2009

On the occasion of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety being held in Moscow, Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced it is to donate US $125 million to several agencies, including the World Health Organization, for global road safety efforts.

Welcoming the announcement, WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan said "We have the knowledge of what works to prevent road traffic injuries, a global public health and development problem of increasing significance to many countries. With the evidence we have in hand, and this contribution, WHO and partners are well placed to boost action in countries and save lives."

The five-year contribution from Bloomberg Philanthropies will support road safety work in ten countries which together account for nearly 50% of all road deaths. The focus of the project will be on reducing drink-driving, increasing the use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets, limiting speed, and strengthening trauma care. The project will also allow for continued monitoring of road safety at global and national levels.