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Fast Tracking Road Safety Initiatives in Africa: an Inescapable Necessity - IRF | International Road Federation - Better Roads, Better World

Event Details - Fast Tracking Road Safety Initiatives in Africa: an Inescapable Necessity

Fast Tracking Road Safety Initiatives in Africa: an Inescapable Necessity

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 13 March 2017 - 14 March 2017

In the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted, the economic and social repercussions flowing from the current appalling lack of safety on the world’s roads have, once again, been specifically recognised as a major obstacle to sustainable development.

IRF Geneva is convening a two-day Regional Road Safety Conference from 13th March and 14th March 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hon.  Prof. Makame Mbarawa, Tanzania Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, and Chairman of IRF Africa Board will be leading the works during these two days of discussion on concrete measures that can be put in place to achieve road safety targets.

An estimated 1.24 million lives are lost every year as a result of road traffic accidents. 80% of these occurred in middle-income countries, where 72% of the world’s population lives but where only half of the world’s registered vehicles are owned and driven. The African region has the highest road traffic fatality rate while the Europe has the lowest. Worldwide, half of all road traffic deaths involve vulnerable road users, a category which essentially comprises pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Disturbingly, the youth are represented disproportionately in these grim statistics – injuries from road accidents are the leading  cause of death for males between 15 and 29 years of age, and they are second leading cause of death for the people between 29 and 44 years of age (after HIV/AIDS). If present trends are allowed to continue, road fatalities will by 2030 account for a greater global death toll than HIV/AIDS; or both malaria and tuberculosis combined. 

Given the limited resources that are available for improving road safety - in particular in low and middle-income countries - it is imperative that these resources are used wisely, i.e., goals and priorities are set and the most cost-effective interventions are implemented to realise these goals.  

For more information and any question, please contact:

Mr Joseph Odo HAULE  
Coordinator  IRF Africa   
Cell: +255 754 999 916