USD $1.7 Million+ for Amend’s Safe School Area Work in 10 African Countries
Safe infrastructure saves lives
We are proud to announce that the FIA Foundation and the Puma Energy Foundation will support Amend’s safe-school-area work in 10 African countries (Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia) with more than USD $1.7 million in funding over the next three years.
During this project, 30 high-risk school areas – where at least 2% of the student population is injured in road traffic every year – will receive Amend’s proven-effective school-area road safety program.
New Video Featuring Amend’s School Area Road Safety Work
Director Richard Stanley has just released a wonderful new video featuring Amend’s school area road safety work in Africa and our partnership with the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility and the FIA Foundation.
The video details our efforts to save lives now via the provision of safe infrastructure for children around high-risk schools and our work to achieve sustainable, scalable improvements in road safety by working with governments.
Step Change: An Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children
In collaboration with the FIA Foundation and the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility, Amend has produced a report called Step Change: An Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children.
This 60-page report explains how and why sub-Saharan Africa’s schoolchildren are among the highest risk populations in the world for road traffic injury, and details practical, proven solutions to save lives on Africa’s roads.
In addition to all the facts and figures, Step Change also features moving profiles of individuals whose lives have been affected by road traffic injury and striking original photography.
Download a PDF of Step Change here.
From the Field: Texel on Child Pedestrian Safety in Maputo
Texel Cossa, Amend’s new Office Manager and Program Assistant at our Mozambique office, shares her thoughts on child pedestrian safety in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital:
I recently started working with Amend in Mozambique, and as I travel around Maputo speaking with communities to understand the impact of road traffic injuries, I see that the reality is tragic.
From the Field: João’s Travels in 10 Countries in Africa
João Fernandes, an Amend Programme Manager, describes his reflections on his travels across 10 countries in Africa for an Amend primary school based road safety project:
In the chapa
Over the last six months I have been fortunate to have the chance to travel through 10 countries in Africa for an Amend primary school road safety project. During my travels, I have seen many similarities, but also differences, that characterize each of the realities. I have been especially interested in the urban areas and how people move around them.
Amend’s Work Featured in New WHO Report
Amend’s work to keep children safe around high-risk schools in Africa is featured in the latest edition of the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety, the bible of global road safety, as a model program.
Download a one page PDF with the piece from the Global Status Report on Road Safety about Amend’s work.
From the Field: Neema on Private Sector-NGO Partnerships for Road Safety
Neema Swai, an Amend Programme Officer in Tanzania, describes a model road safety partnership between Amend and a private sector company:
The winning road safety drawing
Amend and Puma Energy Tanzania recently wrapped up a small project that demonstrates one way that NGOs and the private sector can work together to raise the profile of road safety where it is needed most. In this project, Amend designed and implemented a primary school road safety drawing competition and education programme that involved four primary schools in Dar es Salaam where children are at high risk of road traffic injury.