Title

Road traffic injuries in developing countries: Research and action agenda

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Journal

Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

Volume

27

Issue

2

DOI

10.1590/s1726-46342010000200013

Keywords

Accidents; Developing countries; Public health (source: MeSH NLM); Traffic

Abstract

Road traffic injury (RTI) is the leading cause of death in persons aged 10-24 worldwide and accounts for about 15% of all male deaths. The burden of RTI is unevenly distributed amongst countries with over eighty-fold differences between the highest and lowest death rates. Thus the unequal risk of RTI occurring in the developing world, due to many reasons, including but not limited to rapid motorization and poor infrastructure, is a major global challenge. This editorial highlights a number of key issues that must inform programs designed to prevent RTI in the developing world, where the epidemic is all the more insidious. Firstly, road safety is a development issue; secondly, road traffic injury is a major health issue; thirdly, road traffic injuries can be prevented by the implementation of scientific measures; fourthly, pre-hospital and hospital emergency care is needed; and fifthly, research on RTI is neglected in low-income and middle-income countries. The repercussion of such progress to Peru is also discussed.

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