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The middle-income countries of Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China, South Africa are collectively known as BRICS and have all recently experienced rapid and considerable economic growth as well as substantial political and social change.

The rapid developments in these countries has led to an increased number of vehicles and an increased complexity of traffic mix which, along with an infrastructure and law enforcement that are struggling to keep pace, appear to be key factors in increasing the number of road traffic injuries (RTIs), both fatal and non-fatal. The BRICS countries already account for approximately 20% of world’s deaths from RTIs and associated economic losses (which are estimated at 1-3% of the countries’ gross domestic products); this number is only expected to increase unless investments in road safety are made.

Recently, JH-IIRU team members, director Adnan Hyder and research assistant Andres Vecino-Ortiz, published, “BRICS: Opportunities to improve road safety” in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, which examines the relationship between economic growth and road traffic injuries, presents evidence on the current status of road traffic injuries and recommends improvement of road safety monitoring and evaluation.

Their research finds that in order to improve road safety, the five countries must invest in system-wide road safety interventions as well as collect more reliable data in order to track changes in more detail, increase law enforcement and research capacity.   

Read more here.

In July, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members, Senior Technical Advisor, David Bishai, and Research Program Coordinator, Ekaterina Slyunkina, attended the International Conference on Road Safety in 10 Countries that was held in Lipetsk, Russian Federation.

While at the two-day conference, which was organized by the Lipetsk government, JH-IIRU presented an assessment of the first two years of the RS-10 project in the Russian Federation. Team members discussed the successes and challenges of implementation in the intervention sites of Lipetskaya and Ivanovskaya Oblast, as well as opportunities for the future to enable both regions to achieve greater results and to bring success to the RS-10 project in Russian Federation.  For example, conference participants discussed the need to expand and intensify collaborations with consortium partners and between key stakeholders and the desire to engage various federal and regional departments in road safety measures, as well as the possibility of declaring 2013 a “Road Safety Year.”

The conference provided an excellent opportunity to enhance collaboration between JH-IIRU and other RS-10 consortium partners as well as key stakeholders at the central and regional level.

As a result of the conference, the Lipetsk government issued a resolution to endorse mutual collaboration in order to overcome challenges of RS-10 project and reduce road traffic fatalites and injuries in the region. The resolution also calls on federal departments involved in road safety activities to improve the enforcement and surveillance at the national level.  Additionally, conference participants called for discussions with the regional departments involved in road safety activities to develop and implement additional activities that will be eventually linked to the planned political and budgetary initiatives, to expand and intensify collaboration with consortium partners, to use the international experience of other countries, and to a develop a complex and systematic approach to the road safety culture on Lipetsk roads through by  establishing a special fund that will ensure various federal and regional departments will be engaged in road safety initiatives.

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International Road Safety Conference participants.

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JH-IIRU research program coordinator, Ekaterina Slyunkina, at the conference.

To see examples of media coverage in the Russian Federation of the conference, follow these links:
http://www.uao-lipetsk.ru/news/novosti/2012-07-27/362.htm
http://www.lipetsktime.ru/news/2012-07-26/18011.htm

For additional information on the RS-10 Project, click here, or contact us at IIRU@jhsph.edu

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