Official Launch of Decade for Action on Road Safety in Tajikistan

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death from injury, the eleventh leading cause of all deaths and ranks in ninth place in contribution to the burden of disease worldwide. Each year 1.2 million men, women and children are killed worldwide in road. Hundreds are traumatically injured and many more remain disabled for life. Road traffic injury is the leading cause of death worldwide and the cause of 2.1% of all deaths worldwide. Moreover 23% of all deaths in accidents accounted for are caused by injuries around the world.

On 19 May 2011 Tajikistan launched the initiative, “Decade of Action for Road Safety”. This initiative was organized by WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health. This key event in Tajikistan was held to highlight road safety as an important part in preventing road traffic injuries, and to motivate people to take action to this important issue.

"Road traffic injuries are a leading cause of death of people of working age in Tajikistan. In connection with such factors as climate and geographical position of our country, construction and commissioning of new international and regional roads and urbanization, the value of road traffic injuries will undoubtedly rise. This requires the adoption of adequate, comprehensive and multi-sectoral measures for road safety ", said Dr Salimov N.F., Minister of Health of Tajikistan.

"Rational decision-making, strategic approaches to solving the problems, including road safety issues must be based on sound and key action", said Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of WHO Country Office, Tajikistan. "Preventing road traffic injuries must be the main goal, which should be sought. Each sector has a role to play, everyone must contribute. Road safety depends on all of us".

There is a need for cooperation. This problem has multiple determinants that affect many people and areas, and requires action from a variety of players – road users, citizens, industry, police, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the rivate sector, professionals, legislators and the media. It is important that this cooperation is implemented at national, regional and international levels.
      
WHO, the Ministry of Health, donors, governments and NGOs play an important role in overcoming this problem and promoting road safety in the country and around the world. Health is a key in enhancing productivity and prosperity of our country's future and the world.