Violence and Injury Prevention

Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS10) Project review hosted in the Russian Federation

On 27 March in Moscow, Russian Federation, 38 people joined an advisory board meeting for the country's RS10 Project. Participants represented the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, and RS10 Project Consortium Partners, among others.

They were welcomed by Dr Luigi Migliorini, WHO Special Representative to the Russian Federation, and Dr Victor Kondratiev, Senior Advisor to the Russian Deputy Minister of Interior.

Dr Kondratiev presented the soon to be ratified National Target Programme on Road Safety 2013-2020, which targets a 25% reduction in road traffic deaths during the period. This would be achieved through focusing on risk factor modification, driver education, emergency health services and improved infrastructure.

Dr Dinesh Sethi, WHO EURO, presented the main findings of Global status report on road safety 2013 and its European companion as well as an update on the RS10 Project.

Progress in Lipetsk and Ivanovo

Mr Vitaliy Shikin, Head of Department for Administrative Authorities, Lipetsk Regional Administration, updated on progress in Lipetsk Oblast. Data suggest that although front seat seat-belt wearing rates had levelled off to 75%, there was a 16% reduction in the proportion of drivers speeding. In addition a reduction of deaths and severe injuries was reported.

Mr Alexander Fomin, Deputy Governor, presented the situation in Ivanovo Oblast, where front seat seat-belt wearing had increased to 85% and the proportion of drivers speeding declined by 18%. Both oblasts acknowledged how participation in the RS10 Project had made the roads safer for their citizens.

The group discussed and endorsed the RS10 Project's action plan for 2013, with unanimous agreement that the third risk area would be pedestrian safety within the speed risk factor. In view of the leveling off in Lipetsk Oblast in front seat seat-belt wearing rates, renewed efforts in enforcement and social marketing will be made.

Legislation and enforcement are key components of the RS10 Project, which is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.