This week, two important global safety meetings will take place at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  

The first will be to address effective coordination and implementation of activities for child injury prevention in low- and middle-income countries and the second will be to launch the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013. The director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, Dr. Adnan Hyder, will be attending both.

As part of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the Global Status Reports on Road Safety will serve as monitoring tools to measure the impact of the Decade on stabilizing and then reducing the level of road traffic deaths around the world.

 Road traffic injuries kill nearly 1.3 million people annually and if current trends continue, road crashes are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

Follow Dr. Hyder on Twitter for live coverage of the events: https://twitter.com/ahyder1 and check our Twitter page for updates, too! https://twitter.com/HopkinsINJURIES.

And stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of the launch of the Global Status Report.