On January 6, 2016, Dr. Adnan Hyder, director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), traveled to Cairo, Egypt to participate in the two-day Expert Consultation on Road Safety in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of the meeting was to bring together regional and global road safety experts to discuss not only the current status of global road safety knowledge, but the key issues concerning the gap between commitment and action.
While the road traffic fatalities in the region appear to have decreased from 21.3 in 2010 to 19.9 per 100 000 population in 2013, according to the WHO’s Global status report on road safety 2015, the rate is still higher than the global rate of 17.5 per 100 000 population, and still puts the region second after the African Region (26.6 per 100 000 population).
Dr. Hyder led the discussion on the burden and risk factors of road traffic injuries in the EMR as well as a discussion on the approaches to developing tools and implementing interventions to address road traffic injuries in the region.
Dr. Adnan Hyder, director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit
The meeting goals included providing guidance on key areas of interventions, suggested intervention packages for the EMR countries and discussions on implementation of those packages.
Dr. Hyder was joined by Dr. Etienne Krug, Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO, and Dr. Hala Sakr, Technical Officer, Violence, Injuries and Disabilities, WHO EMRO, among others.