Road safety in Egypt
Egypt loses about 12 000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100 000 population. Majority (48%) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20%) of these fatalities. According to the recently published WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, though there are laws on speed, Blood Alcohol Concentration for the general population, seat-belt wearing and helmet wearing, they are poorly enforced. In addition, there is no adequate provision of infrastructure for non-motorized modes of transport. Egypt is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years by a consortium of six international partners.
Road safety project
The road safety project in Egypt is led by a project working group, consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Education, and Health, as well as academia, trauma care services and nongovernmental organizations. WHO, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the International Injury Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University and the Association for Safe International Road Travel are the international consortium partners who will provide technical guidance and funding. The WHO country office coordinates the project.
The project activities are aimed at controlling speed and increasing seat-belt wearing. In addition to the road safety prevention work, national and international stakeholders will also work in the area of data system development.