SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN WORLD HEALTH DAY MESSAGE, SAYS ROAD SAFETY
CAN PREVENT NEEDLESS SUFFERING, BUT DOES NOT HAPPEN BY CHANCE
Following is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s message on World Health Day, observed 7 April:
“Road safety is no accident”, the theme for this year’s World Health Day, reminds us that road safety does not happen by chance. Achieving and sustaining safety on the roads requires deliberate action from many sectors of society.
Despite enormous improvements in road safety in some countries over the past few decades, nearly 1.2 million people are killed every year in road traffic crashes around the world
,no from ’ About 90 per cent for the most part one by one in a series of personal tragedies, which fail to draw the attention of the world’s media.happen in developing countries, most of them among pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and passengers of public transport. :Between 20 and 50 million more people are seriously injured in such incidents every year, often resulting in disability.
Beyond the human suffering they cause, road traffic injuries result in considerable additional costs to societies. Globally, more than half of
ofall victims are between the ages of 15 and 44, age at which an agethey would be most able to contribute to the livelihood of their families and communities. This shas enormous implications for the irsecurity . And estimates show that r . UN personnel are not spared, injuries incurred on the road remain one of the leading causes of death and disability for staff.oad traffic injuries cost nations as much as 2 per cent of their gross national product s.
Clearly, rYet most of this loss can be prevented -- by , Addressing issuessuch as speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol; by promoting the use of helmets and seat belts; by ensuring that people walking and cycling are more visible; by improving the design of roads and vehicles; by enforcing road safety regulations; and by improving emergency response services all enhance road safety.The key ingredientto thesuccess of such interventions isthe willof all relevant sectors, public and private -- health, transport, education, finance, police, legislators, manufacturers, foundations and the media -- to make road safety happen.
oad safety is both
a serious a seriouspublic health concernand development, and t Much interest and enthusiasm has been generated around this year’s observance of World Health Day . s another component of the and relatedcampaign , the World Health Organization and Within the context of the release of the /World Bank aworld report on road traffic injury prevention and parallel efforts under way in the U NGeneral Assembly , hundreds of groups around the world are taking this opportunity to highlightthe impactof road traffic injuries and their preventabilityand to takeaction to prevent suchneedless deaths and injuries. On this World Health Day, let us join together rededicate ourselves to that mission.
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