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.
From the Field: Neema on Neighborhood Road Safety Activism
Neema Swai, an Amend Senior Programme Assistant 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.