Violence and Injury Prevention

Economic Commission for Africa and African Union Commission hold regional road safety data workshop in Ethiopia

On 19-21 November, over 60 participants from 25 African countries participated in a regional "Road Safety Data System Workshop" organized jointly by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

The workshop, led by WHO, had multi-sectoral participants from transport, health, police, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and Transport Corridor Projects as well as representatives of NGOs. Participants contributed to a rich discussion, sharing country experiences and challenges.

The workshop was based on the publication Data systems: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners and accompanying training package developed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 3-day workshop included lectures, working groups and discussion sessions. Participants developed an action plan with 2-3 priority activities they will conduct when they return to their respective countries.

The workshop was one of two parallel road safety workshops organized to coincide with the celebration of the first "African Road Safety Day" on 18 November. The other workshop on the "Steps to the Five Pillars of the African Decade Plan of Action for Road Safety" was attended by officials from governments and road safety agencies in Africa who are tasked with defining and implementing regional and country road safety strategies. This workshop was led by the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP).

Both workshops were opened in a joint session by the Director of the Department of Infrastructure and Energy from AUC; Director of the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division from ECA; a representative from SSATP; and Dr Martin Ekeke Monono from WHO AFRO. A final joint session gave the opportunity to present and discuss policy issues identified at both workshops.