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New toolkit to combat risk of road traffic injury to children on school journeys

Media release: 
05/11/2018

A toolkit that aims to combat road traffic injuries, the leading global killer among older school-age children and adolescents, has been launched at the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in Bangkok.

The toolkit, part of the Child Health Initiative (CHI), was developed by the FIA Foundation and The George Institute for Global Health in collaboration with CHI partners. It provides step-by-step guidance for protecting children on their journeys to and from school, based on evidence from around the world.

‘Millions of children globally face the risk of road traffic injuries on their way to and from school every day, but there are simple, affordable solutions that can be put in place to reduce these risks,’ said Dr Margie Peden, head of the global injuries programme at The George Institute for Global Health.

‘We have evidence on what works from around the world, and this toolkit provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how to implement some of these best practices.’

The global toolkit explains how to deploy low-cost, ‘safe system’ interventions proven to prevent road traffic injury and provides public authorities, NGOs, international agencies and others with guidance on how to overcome challenges. It covers each stage of the process, from collecting data on risk for children to building strong coalitions and ensuring interventions are sustainable.

‘The school journey is the point of the day at which children are often most vulnerable,’ said Dr Peden. ‘To make their environment safer, and to effect real change in communities and cities, the journey to school should be a key focus.’

The George Institute also presented research at the Safety 2018 World Conference on our drowning prevention projects in India and Bangladesh, on preventing falls for older people, and the Young Lives study. Dr Peden took part in a discussion on what needs to be done to advance injury and violence prevention to achieve the sustainable development goals.

Dr Jagnoor Jagnoor, Head of Injury Division at The George Institute, India also read out the Safety 2018 declaration on drowning, highlighting how 90% of the world’s drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and that low-cost interventions need to be scaled up.