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Reliable estimates of the incidence and burden of road injuries supported by a vibrant research program are essential inputs for improved road safety leadership and national strategies for Low and Middle Income Countries. There is an urgent need for analytical tools that can be used to derive reasonable estimates from a wide range of existing sources, including hospital records, police records, health surveys, death registers, among many others.


The Global Road Safety Facility supports the development of key global metrics development to identify new ways to estimate road crash data in information-poor settings. As part of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease and Injury Study, Harvard University was commissioned by the Facility to develop an injury metrics framework for deriving best estimates of the burden of road injuries in 18 countries.

Source: Road Injury in 18 Countries, Harvard School of Public Health

The Facility also facilitates technical exchanges between developing country road agencies and leading global institutions. In particular, the Facility’s partnership with the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) of the International Transport Forum at the OECD enables developing countries to work with developed countries to improve their data management systems and eventually become members of IRTAD. This exchange has led to the launch of an institutional network and a road safety observatory for Latin American countries, supported by a road safety database and a web-based knowledge center.

The Facility is a contributing partner to the Road Traffic Injuries Researchers Network (RTRIN), a partnership of 660 individuals and institutions from 73 countries that collaborate to further research on the impact and causes of RTIs in LMICs.

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 New Road Safety Database for Latin America and the Caribbean

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 IRTAD: Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility




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