Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP)

WHO and the World Bank win prestigious Premier Award from Prince Michael of Kent for the World report on road traffic injury prevention

WHO and the World Bank received the prestigious Premier Award as part of the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards for the World report on road traffic injury prevention. Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards are presented throughout the year to individuals, companies or organizations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to improving road safety. The Premier Award is presented only once a year. Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director of the Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention; Dr Margie Peden, WHO Coordinator for Unintentional Injury Prevention and Executive Editor of the report; and Mr Richard Scurfield, Sector Leader for Transport at the World Bank, attended the Annual Awards Luncheon Ceremony to receive the award on behalf of WHO and the World Bank from His Royal Highness.

Special guests included the UK Road Safety Minister, David Jamieson, and a host of other international road safety experts. The World report on road traffic injury prevention, launched on World Health Day 2004 "Road Safety is No Accident", underscores the concern of these organizations that unsafe road traffic systems are seriously harming global public health and development. The report aims to raise awareness about the magnitude, risk factors and impacts of road traffic collisions globally; draw attention to the preventability of the problem and present known interventions; and call for a coordinated approach across a range of sectors.