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.
Today I am on the front lines of SARSAI, supervising the improvements and the material outputs that this programme has to offer. I like this work not only because I am protecting neglected young lives from road crashes on their walk to school every day, but also I am grateful for the appreciation that I receive from the public.
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.
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.