Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO supported road safety activities in Malawi

WHO, P Virot

Background and road safety situation

Malawi has a population of 13.2 million people and is one of the poorest countries in the world with a gross national income of US$ 2.2 billion. About 20 road traffic collisions occur every day in Malawi, two of which are fatal and two serious injuries. About 1 000 people are killed in road traffic crashes in Malawi every year.

Road safety is a major problem in Malawi, requiring solutions at several fronts: development and implementation of a national strategic plan, strengthening the capacity of institutions, improving data collection and dissemination, implementing measures targeted
at specific groups at risk such as children and incorporating safety
into road designs and development.

Current WHO supported projects

Development and implementation a national strategy on road safety

In 2008, WHO and local partners will commenced a project focusing on:

  • supporting development of a national road safety strategy; and
  • implementing measures to improve road safety of children .

For further information, please contact Mr Melecki Khayesi at


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