Ghana to benefit from $240m Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative against road traffic deaths

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Ghana is part of 15 countries to benefit from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $240 million commitment to help prevent road traffic deaths over a six year period.

The initiative which works both at the national and the city levels has also selected Accra (Continuing city) and Kumasi (New city) to be part of the 30 cities around the world nominated to benefit from the initiative on the city level.

A statement signed by Bloomberg Philantropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, Mavis Obeng-Mensah indicated that Bloomberg Philanthropies has doubled its support for global road safety, “committing another $240 million from 2020 – 2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent up to 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

“Since 2007, the initiative has saved an estimated 312,000 lives and prevented up to 11.5 million injuries globally. The reinvestment also includes a new awards competition to shine a light on low- and middle-income countries that have made exemplary progress in road safety.”

Read the full statement below:

National RoadSafety AuthorityPress releaseGhana Partners Bloomberg Philanthropies in the FightAgainst Road Traffic DeathsGhana has been selected as one of the 15 countries to benefit from Bloomberg Philanthropies’$240 million commitment to help prevent road traffic deaths over a six-year period. The initiativewhich works both at the national and the city levels has also selected Accra (Continuing city)and Kumasi (New city) to be part of the 30 cities around the world nominated to benefit from theinitiative on the city level. The Six-year plan seeks to save 600,000 more lives and prevent up to22 million injuries worldwide.Building on the success of 12 years of investment, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announceda doubling of its support for global road safety, committing another $240 million from 2020 -2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent up to 22 million injuries in low- and middle-incomecountries around the world. Since 2007, the initiative has saved an estimated 312,000 lives andprevented up to 11.5 million injuries globally. The reinvestment also includes a new awardscompetition to shine a light on low- and middle-income countries that have made exemplaryprogress in road safety.Road traffic injuries are the 8th leading cause of death globally and the number one killer ofpeople ages 5-29. More than 1.35 million people die and up to 50 million are seriously injured inroad traffic crashes each year. Additionally, the economic losses are staggering – a recent reportreleased by the World Bank found that, reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by half couldadd 7-22% to GDP per capita in 5 selected low- and middle-income countries over the next 24years.“As Transport and Health Ministers from around the world gather in Swedenthis week for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, we should keep in mind that these deaths andinjuries are completely preventable. After more than a decade of working with our internationaland in-country partners, we know which policies and interventions are saving lives,” saidKellyHenning, Director of Public Health at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “By increasing our commitment,we can double our impact by leveraging onthe many lessons we’velearned and adopting newapproaches that we believe will accelerate progress.”Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health at World HealthOrganization, said“The pr ice we are paying for our mobility is unacceptable. We need to domuch more to save lives on our roads. This new investment is excellent news that comes at acritical time when world leaders convene to decide on achieving a 50% reduction in road trafficdeaths by 2030. This support from Bloomberg Philanthropies will catalyze action to help achievethat target.” The new funds will help achieve the Initiative’s goals in the following ways:  Increase efforts to strengthen national road safety laws in 15 countries that account forroughly 60% of all road traffic deaths globally. Countries that have already committed tothe partnership include Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia,Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Uganda, and Viet Nam.

National RoadSafety Authority Support up to 30 cities to effectively implement best-practice road safety activities,including running hard-hitting media campaigns to raise road user understanding of riskfactors, training the police force in best practice enforcement, and redesigning high-crash, high-fatality corridors and intersections. Some cities that have already committedto the partnership include Accra, Addis Ababa, Bengaluru, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cali,Guadalajara, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kampala, Kumasi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Quito,Sao Paulo, Salvador, and Recife. Help more governments regulate vehicle safety standards and raise consumerawareness to demand safer cars, so that all top-selling cars meet the UN safetyrecommendations in targeted low- and middle-income countries. Reduce deaths on high-mortality roads, including interstate highways, through reducedspeed limits, wider use of helmets and seatbelts, and fewer drivers speeding anddrinking and driving. Improve and enhance collection of road crash data to more accurately capture fatalitiesand injuries, measure impact of policies, and prioritize interventions to reduce deathsand injuries. Launch the “Awards for Outstanding Excellence in Road Safety” to identify and promoteexemplary road safety efforts that are saving lives in low- and middle-income countries,and to increase media and government attention to the high burden of road trafficfatalities and injuries.The road safety awards program will recognize leaders in: Best practice policies Excellence in road safety data systems Speed management Infrastructure designed to protect vulnerable road users Innovation or best practice in road safety enforcement Vehicle safetyPartners will include the World Health Organization, National Association of City TransportationOfficials – Global Designing Cities Initiative, Global Road Safety Partnership, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, World Resources Institute, Johns Hopkins International Injury ResearchUnit, World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility, Global New Car Assessment Programme(NCAP), Vital Strategies, and International Association of Chiefs of Police.SignedMavis Obeng-MensahCommunication CoordinatorBloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, Ghana.


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