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Sunday, November 17, 2013 marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a worldwide acknowledgement of the 1.3 million people killed annually by road traffic crashes and a call for action to address this global epidemic.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) offers its deepest sympathies to those most affected by road traffic crashes—not only those who have lost their lives, but to the 20-50 million who are severely or permanently injured as a result of road collisions—and we reassert our commitment to reducing the number of needless injuries and deaths on the world’s roads.

JH-IIRU is currently working with a consortium of partners on the Global Road Safety Program, a five-year initiative that draws on support from Bloomberg Philanthropies to implement road safety solutions where they are needed most. While there is still much work to be done, JH-IIRU is dedicated to the Global Road Safety Program and proud to join with global partners in this effort.

In addition, JH-IIRU is working with partners in low and middle income countries – such as Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda – to help build capacity and develop data systems to address the growing burden of road injuries. Through research, training and partnerships, JH-IIRU hopes fewer and fewer people around the world will become victims of road traffic injuries.

For more information on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, visit the website: http://www.worlddayofremembrance.org/

For more information on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program, visit us at: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-international-injury-research-unit/research/global-road-safety/

Every year, approximately 1.3 million people lose their lives in road traffic crashes. This does not even account for the friends and families of the victims, or the countless individuals who survive crashes but must endure lifelong disabilities. Sunday, November 21, 2010, marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, an acknowledgement of the millions affected by this global epidemic and the need for prompt action globally. The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit offers its deepest sympathies on this day to the friends and families of road traffic victims, and also assures communities worldwide that their losses have not gone unnoticed.

Local and international organizations continue to work tirelessly to combat the problem of road traffic injuries. The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is currently working with a consortium of partners on the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, a five-year initiative that draws on support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization to implement road safety solutions where they are needed most. While there is still much work ahead, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is committed to reducing the number of needless injuries and deaths on the world’s roads, and is proud to join hands with global partners in this effort.

For more information about the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, please visit its website. For more information about the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit’s work in road safety, please visit this webpage.

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The theme for 2009 - From global remembrance to global action - Road crashes are the leading cause of violent deaths and injuries worldwide and during the third week of November, attention will focus on the urgent need to address this public health and development issue: the World Day of Remembrance is calling for global action, while the first ever Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, which takes place on 19-20 November in Moscow will debate road safety plans for the next decade 2010 – 2020: a Decade of Action!

By drawing attention to the devastation caused by sudden bereavement and injury through a road crash and the high cost to families, communities and countries, the World Remembrance Day fulfils an important role, not only through offering acknowledgement of their suffering to road crash victims, but also by supporting, at the same time, the planned global actions. IIRU joins the global community in this endeavor and supports the World Day of Remembrance.

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