Violence and Injury Prevention

Road safety in Kenya

Between 3000 and 13 000 Kenyans lose their lives in road traffic crashes every year. The majority of these people are vulnerable road users – pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. In addition, nearly one-third of deaths are among passengers – many of whom are killed in unsafe forms of public transportation.

According to the recently published WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, there are no laws for helmet wearing, Blood Alcohol Concentration levels for drivers or child restraints in Kenya and where road safety laws do exist they are poorly enforced. Kenya 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.

Fact sheet

Road safety project

In Kenya, the project – dubbed Road Safety Kenya or RS–K for short – will be lead by the Ministry of Public Health and Security, with a Project Steering Committee composed of representatives from health, transport, police, education, academia 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.

Central and Rift Valley Provinces have been identified as the implementation sites for the project – specifically the districts of Thika in Central Province and Naivasha in Rift Valley Province. Two of the following risk factors – motorcyclist helmet wearing, speeding, the non-usage of seat-belts and drinking and driving – will be addressed in the two districts.

In addition to road safety prevention work, national and international stakeholders will also work in the areas of trauma care and data system management.

For more information, please contact :

Dr Salim Chowdhury in the WHO Kenya Country Office on or
Ms Kidist Bartolomeos at WHO Headquarters on

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