From the Field: Neema on Neighborhood Road Safety Activism
Neema Swai, an Amend Programme Associate 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.
Amend and Road Safety Fund Host Policy & Donor Roundtable in Tanzania
This week Amend and the Road Safety Fund hosted a Policy and Donor Roundtable in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss ways to advance the road safety agenda in the country and wider region.
The Roundtable was opened by British High Commissioner to Tanzania, Dianna Melrose who delivered the keynote speech. Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Chaired the Forum. It was the first time that such a wide range of major donors in Tanzania had gathered to discuss road safety. Among the organizations attending the Forum were the UK Department for International Development (DFID), USAID, the European Union Delegation to Tanzania, the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
As High Commissioner Melrose noted in her remarks, “Just last week we saw an appalling bus crash in Kenya in which 41 people lost their lives. That accident made headlines around the world. But the WHO estimates that the same number of people is being killed on the roads here in Tanzania every two days.”
It is our hope that the Roundtable served to educate and inform donors and policy makers about the impact that road traffic injuries are having across Africa and what can be done to prevent those injuries.
For more details on the Roundtable, please read the UK Government’s brief on the event and the Road Safety Fund’s summary.
New Amend Research Shows Surge in Injuries on Rural Roads in Tanzania
Two new studies of road traffic injuries on rural roads in Tanzania have found high and increasing injury rates on roads.
Amend conducted these studies with the support of the African Community Access Programme (AFCAP).
The most striking findings of the research come from injury rates among motorcycle taxi (“boda-boda“) drivers:
• Over 70% of all injuries suffered on rural roads involve a motorcycle.
• Boda-boda drivers’ injury rates are over fourteen times higher than the already-high rates among the general community.
• As a result of their work, boda-boda drivers have a 69% chance of being injured in any given year. To put this figure in perspective, that injury probability is more than 37 times higher than that of a motorcyclist in the UK.
This research is essential reading for engineers, decision-makers, donor partners and everyone else involved in the improvement and management of Africa’s road networks. Download the full fact sheet on the studies here.