Policy dialogue on road safety in Kazakhstan
With technical support from WHO/Europe, the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan is working to address various causes of accidental and intentional injury. As part of these efforts a policy dialogue on road safety and a train-the-trainer course on prevention of violence and injuries were held in September 2013.
At a policy dialogue on road safety organized by WHO and the Ministry of Health in Astana on 25 September 2013, representatives from the Scientific Research Institute of Trauma Care and the ministries of the interior and transport presented initiatives being undertaken as part of a new action plan on road safety and infrastructural developments to promote traffic pedestrian safety. The action plan includes a target for reducing road traffic injury deaths by 15% by 2015 (compared to 2009).
A recent request to reduce urban speed limits to 50 km/h was not approved, but progress is being made in other areas, with comprehensive laws in place for drink driving, child restraints and seat-belts. The press conference following the meeting received wide media coverage related to road safety in Kazakhstan.
Training and education for prevention of injuries and violence
A TEACH-VIP (training, educating and advancing collaboration in health on violence and injury prevention) workshop was held on child injury prevention on 25–26 September in Astana to build capacity for child injury prevention and to promote the uptake of TEACH-VIP materials for further education.
Fifteen participants from the health sector as well as the Red Crescent and United Nations Children’s Fund were introduced to new TEACH-VIP 2 materials on child injury prevention and policy making. At the close of the workshop participants expressed their appreciation of the course contents and affirmed that they would use the materials for further training and education.