In the context of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, WHO released Save LIVES: a road safety technical package, an evidence-based inventory of 6 strategies and 22 interventions with a focus on Speed management, Leadership, Infrastructure design and improvement, Vehicle safety standards, Enforcement of traffic laws and post-crash Survival. Developed with the collaboration of many of the world’s leading road safety experts, the package aims to support decision-makers and practitioners in their efforts to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal targets 3.6 and 11.2. Since countries are at varying stages of addressing this global health and development challenge, the package should not be considered a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather a guide to facilitate concrete action on effective interventions.
Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off worldwide
With 420 events registered in more than 100 countries, the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week and its “Save Lives: #SlowDown” campaign, highlight the dangers of excessive and inappropriate speed and generate action on measures to address this leading risk for road traffic death and injury. Typically 40-50% of drivers go over the posted speed limits, and speed contributes to one in every three road traffic fatalities. Countries which have successfully managed speed have built roads to include features that calm traffic such as roundabouts and speed bumps; established and vigorously enforced speed limits; ensured that manufacturers install in-vehicle technologies such as autonomous emergency braking; and raised awareness about the consequences of speed through mass media campaigns. Reducing speed not only prevents road traffic crashes, but also leads to increases in walking and cycling and reductions in air and noise pollution, thereby making populations healthier and cities more liveable.
New guidance released to prevent drowning
Drowning takes the lives of around 360,000 people every year, and is the third leading cause of death for children aged 5-14 years. Preventing drowning: an implementation guide provides concrete guidance for programme managers for conducting situation assessments and implementing effective drowning prevention strategies. Case studies show real world application, emphasizing the putting in place of such strategies in low- and middle-income settings. The guide also offers information that is relevant for policy-makers who can enable the legislative frameworks which facilitate drowning prevention. The implementation guide builds on the recommendations of the first Global report on drowning released by WHO in 2014.
New toolkit gives guidance for creating road safety mass media campaigns
Mass media campaigns are an important component of national and local road safety strategies. As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, WHO and its partners created more than 30 mass media campaigns in nine countries. The campaigns focused on five behavioural risk factors: speeding, drinking and driving, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. The results and lessons generated from this work are presented in a new document: Road safety mass media campaigns: a toolkit. This step-by-step guide aims to strengthen the implementation of similar campaigns in low- and middle-income countries where the burden of road traffic crashes is highest.
World's experts gather to exchange knowledge and practice on preventing violence and injuries and saving lives
Every day violence and injuries take the lives of more than 14 000 people. Over 1,100 experts gathered for Safety 2016, the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, are sharing the latest evidence and experiences from prevention programmes which have demonstrated dramatic success in saving lives.
Michael R. Bloomberg named as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs
On 17 August 2016 WHO named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. NCDs including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year - almost 80% of all deaths worldwide. The premature death and disability from NCDs and injury can largely be prevented, through implementing proven, cost-effective measures. In his new role, Mr Bloomberg will work with national and local political leaders around the global to highlight the burden of NCDs and injuries and support attainment of the SDGs.
Over the past year, up to one billion children have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence. One in four children suffer physical abuse, and nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in their lives. WHO in collaboration with a number of partners, launched a technical package containing seven interlinked strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. The initiative, launched with the support of the newly established Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, aims to help countries to achieve the SDGs, in particular SDG target 16.2 to "end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children", and implementation of World Health Assembly resolution WHA69.5 on the WHO global plan of action to address interpersonal violence.
>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violenceViolence prevention
Road traffic injuries
50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclistsGlobal status report on road safety 2015
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
14 May 2017
From 8-14 May, around 1000 events took place in at least 125 countries drawing attention to the dangers of speed and highlighting the measures needed to address this leading risk. Activities engaged governments, NGOs, UN agencies, foundations and the private sector, and took the form of Slow Down Days, campaigns around schools, national policy discussions, television and radio talk shows, and vigils for road traffic victims. WHO released Managing speed, documenting that speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide.
10 May 2017
In the context of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, WHO launched Save LIVES: a road safety technical package, an evidence-based inventory of priority interventions focused on Speed management, Leadership, Infrastructure design and improvement, Vehicle safety standards, Enforcement of traffic laws and post-crash Survival. The 6 strategies and 22 interventions recommended align with the safe system approach to road safety
4 May 2017
From 3-4 May, WHO hosted the annual meeting of GACI. Agenda items included the integration of rehabilitation into GACI activities, ongoing engagement with advocacy efforts of the UN Road Safety Collaboration and other relevant partners, review of the WHO Dataset for Injury, and metrics and indicator development. All GACI workgroups generated 2017-18 work plans.
2 May 2017
Launched by the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan; Mr Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries during a high-level forum on drowning hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Preventing drowning: an implementation guide provides concrete guidance for programme managers for conducting situation assessments and implementing effective drowning prevention strategies.
12 April 2017
WHO and Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) launch new online road safety legislation course
As part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, the online “Road Safety Legislation” course includes: basic road safety facts; evidence for laws on some of the key risks and the post-crash response; factors to consider in prioritizing legislative changes; and how to advocate for improvements, including a module on media advocacy.