RS10 kicks off in several countries

In January 2010 members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration who are Consortium Partners to the new Bloomberg Philanthropies funded Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10 Project) visited Cambodia, China, India and Viet Nam. Consortium Partners from EMBARQ, GRSP, Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank and WHO met with counterparts in Ministries of Health and Transport and their respective colleagues in these countries. Discussions focused on the Project's overall goals and objectives.

In Cambodia and Viet Nam, countries which were already included in the pilot phase of this Project, the first official planning meetings were held with all partners, while in China and India, the visits were undertaken to prepare the first official planning meetings. In China and India preliminary discussions were held on the regions within each country where the project may focus as well as the particular risk factors which may be addressed, such as drinking and driving, helmets or seat-belts. Visits to the other six countries will take place in the weeks ahead, and a detailed project plan for each country will be developed following these visits.

In November 2009, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a contribution of US$ 125 million - the largest single donation to global road safety to date - to support road safety projects in ten countries and monitor progress at global level.