We Need to Talk About Road Safety

The end is nigh for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and some 3,700 people are still dying on the world’s roads every day.

While wealthy nations have made considerable progress, no low-income country saw a reduction in road traffic deaths from 2013-2016, notes a Lancet Global Health editorial.

The WHO’s Save LIVES package offers a guide for reducing road deaths. But packages aren’t enough—targeted interventions are the only way forward.

And still, road safety is not a hot topic. Making it one requires “concerted multi-sectoral action.” Health workers have a key role to play, and “should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all other stakeholders and speak up to help prevent these needless tragedies,” the editors write.

Rwanda is taking action, Xinhua reports. Kigali marked Global Road Safety Week by doing one better: launching a 52-week traffic safety campaign.

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