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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

Addressing Global Road Safety

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Approximately 1.3 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. If no action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth-leading cause of death globally by 2030.

We're currently working with a consortium of partners to improve road safety in 10 low- and middle-income cities around the world.

The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) is a five-year, $125 million effort to reduce the burden of global road traffic injuries and fatalities.

Program partners are supporting cities to strengthen and implement proven solutions through key road safety interventions, like helmet and seatbelt-wearing and drunk-driving reduction.

The 10 cities involved in the project are:

  • Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Bandung, Indonesia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Mumbai, India
  • Shanghai, China

Along with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, consortium partners include EMBARQ, Global New Car Assessment Program, Global Road Safety Partnership, National Association of City Transportation Officials, The Union North America, The World Bank-led Global Road Safety Facility, and the World Health Organization.

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