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.
Amend’s SARSAI Program Featured in FIA Foundation / UNICEF Report
Amend’s School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program is featured in a new report from the FIA Foundation and UNICEF, Safe to Learn.
Download the report here.
The report highlights the road traffic injury epidemic which kills 500 children every day, the impact on health and education, and proposes a focus on the school journey as a community hub for action to improve road safety and build walkable communities across the world.
SARSAI combines infrastructure provision, education, and advocacy to make school areas where children are at high risk of road traffic injury safer.
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.