Amend is awarded the First-Ever WRI Ross Prize for Cities
Amend’s Jeffrey Witte and Ayikai Poswao accepting the WRI Ross Prize for cities on April 10th, 2019
April 10, 2019 was an exciting, rewarding night in New York City for Amend and our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program. On a crisp spring evening, SARSAI received the inaugural World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award focusing on urban transformation.
SARSAI was chosen from among 200 applicants by a world-class jury of experts. On the heels of the program’s December receipt of the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards, this was thrilling news and confirmation that the world is recognizing SARSAI’s impact on saving lives.
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Kids’ Court is in session
Order in the court!
It’s about 11:00 am, February 28, at Escola Primaria Completa Guebo school in Maputo, Mozambique. The driver walks into the room and quietly takes a seat at a small desk. Before him sits a panel of four schoolchildren, aged eight to 12. One asks: “Did you know you were speeding? Do you know why?” Another asks: “Do you know what speed should be used around school areas? What is the speed?” And another: “Do you know that you are putting our lives at risk?”
The driver was just stopped by traffic police for speeding outside the school and brought directly inside. The children have spent at least two days training to act as jurors and educators. They’ve learned to be confident and firm. They’ve practiced at school and at home with their families. They are members of Kids’ Court.
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New video — Safe infrastructure saves lives: see how it happens
Watch a video about Amend’s school-area infrastructure work in Botswana
In November 2018, we completed a set of infrastructure improvements to the Bophirima Primary School, in Gaborone, Botswana. This video short shows you what that really means.
Prior, the school area had limited pedestrian facilities or safety measures in place, leaving children vulnerable: in the previous year alone, two children were injured there during their daily commutes. Take a look at the series of pedestrian crossings, speed management measures, delineation, pedestrian paths, and vertical signs that we installed — it’s easy to understand the difference. In particular, check out the aerial view at minute 1:00 to get the big picture.
Sponsored by Fed Ex, the project adheres to Amend’s School Area Road Assessment and Improvement (SARSAI) program, which involves area data collection, engineering analysis, and community outreach.
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Amend receives the Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award
Prince Michael of Kent with Amend’s Jeffrey Witte and Simon Kalolo
The Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards annually recognize the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives. And Prince Michael of Kent knows how to treat a guest.
We know this, because on December 11, 2018, Amend received an award for our School Area Road Assessment and Improvement (SARSAI) program. The judges described SARSAI as “a fine example of the effective research-based approach taken by Amend.”
The ceremony at The Savoy hotel was followed by a proper British gala, hosted by the elegant Prince Michael of Kent. Award winners were feted with royal hospitality and toasts, and we are grateful for the reception as well as the recognition this brings to SARSAI and all our work to save lives and provide healthy, safe journeys for the world’s most vulnerable road users.
Launch of our powerful new French report, Un grand pas en avant
Launching Un grand pas en avant at the 1st African Road Safety Forum in Marrakech
On November 13, 2018, Zoleka Mandela, ministers of transport from a dozen African countries, and our partners joined us onstage at the 1st African Road Safety Forum in Marrakech to launch Un grand pas en avant: Un programme d’action pour la sécurité piétonnière des enfants d’Afrique, our new report on child safety, directed toward Francophone Africa.
Our report was developed and written in collaboration with the FIA Foundation and the HI Federation (formerly Handicap International, now known as Humanity and Inclusion or HI).
In her moving opening speech to the forum, Mandela, who lost her 13-year-old daughter Zenani to a drunk driver, said: “As a mother standing here, I represent the thousands upon thousands of families who have suffered the scourge of road traffic injury.”
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Safe infrastructure saves lives, and we’ve proved it
Those of you familiar with Amend know that our work is rooted in research and evidence-based proof.
Proving, scientifically, that a public health program works (or doesn’t) is challenging, especially in a developing country where primary government data (e.g., from hospitals and police records) are unreliable. In this context, the only way to gather accurate data is to design a gold-standard, randomized control study and then go door-to-door, systematically interviewing residents — for months, in the rain and the mud and the heat. So that’s exactly what we did: designed a study in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and hit the streets, to determine if our school area infrastructure program actually saves lives.
And now we have proof that it does, detailed in the recently published paper, “School Area Road Safety Assessment and Improvements (SARSAI) programme reduces road traffic injuries among children in Tanzania.”
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New Video from Lusaka, Zambia
Director Alex Berberich and cinematographer/editor Luis Salas Lobo have created a beautiful new video featuring a recent Amend school area infrastructure project in Lusaka, Zambia that was sponsored by FedEx.
Simply put, safe infrastructure around schools saves lives. Check it out.