Safe Development: New Amend/AFCAP/DFID Research Shows Ways Forward
Unsafe? For certain! But what are the solutions?
Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s most dangerous roads, and rates of road traffic injury (RTI) are increasing as roads are built and vehicles are imported. Improving roads can bring important economic and social benefits, but these benefits must not be offset by an increase in RTI.
Previous Amend research has found RTI rates among motorcycle taxi drivers in rural Tanzania as high as 63 per 100 drivers per year. Imagine a profession where the chances of being injured during a year of work are 63%.
Amend recently carried out a study with the support of DFID and the Africa Community Access Programme to identify the causes of motorcycle crashes on rural roads in Tanzania. The findings suggest that safe design and maintenance of roads, and programmes to improve road user behaviour, have the potential to reduce RTI. You can download the full report here.
From the Field: George Visits a Deadly Stretch of Road
George Malekela, an Amend Senior Programme Assistant in Tanzania, describes his visit to a deadly stretch of road in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and his interactions with the local community there:
This week I visited a neighborhood of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania called Bondeni where a trunk road was recently upgraded. Since the upgrading of the road was completed in late 2014 there have been many injuries and fatalities to community members trying to cross the road. Though there is a zebra crossing–and residents use it–they are getting hit by vehicles regardless.
From the Field: Neema on Neighborhood Road Safety Activism
Neema Swai, an Amend Senior Programme Assistant in Tanzania describes her visit to a community in Dar es Salaam that has taken road safety into its own hands:
I recently visited a neighborhood in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where people have been injured on the roads and the community felt compelled to take matters into their own hands.
Road Traffic Injuries in Kenya: A Survey of Motorcycle Taxi Drivers
A new study conducted by Amend in Kenya shows astronomically high road traffic crash and injury rates among commercial motorcycle taxi drivers.
38% of drivers we interviewed had been involved in a crash within the last three months alone, and 62% of those who had experienced a crash sustained a bodily injury.
Motorcycle taxis are proliferating across Africa as a much-needed form of affordable public transport. But this important new form of mobility must be made safe.
Download a PDF fact sheet about the study here to see all the findings and read our recommendations.
From the Field: Ben Goes to Sri Lanka
Amend intern Ben Campbell describes his experience advocating for road safety’s place in the global development agenda at the World Conference on Youth in Sri Lanka.
From May 5th – 10th 2014, I had the great privilege of joining youth leaders from over 170 countries with the goal of mainstreaming youth voices into the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As a representative from Amend, I was on a mission to ensure that road safety and reduction of road traffic injury (RTI) was a major health priority for the upcoming development era.
Amend Partners With Puma Energy in Tanzania
This month Amend partnered with Puma Energy in Tanzania to implement our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvement program at two schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Mburahati and Bryceson primaries – where students are are high risk of road traffic injury. Thanks to Puma’s support, we were able to deliver crucial infrastructure improvements and road safety eduction to nearly 3,000 students.
This is a great example of a simple NGO-private sector partnership that can help save lives on Africa’s dangerous roads right away. Read more about the partnership on Puma Energy’s website.