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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.