All are invited to the CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar:
Overview of Road Safety Globally
Meeting Rooms 1&2, Level 4, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
As the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) draws to a close, it is clear that the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing global road traffic deaths by half by 2020 will not be met. In most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), traffic injuries are rising or stable at a high level. In contrast, traffic deaths in high-income countries (HICs) have been steadily declining for five decades. The talk will present econometric analysis of historic data to argue that the success of HICs resulted from establishing regulatory agencies that conducted large-scale safety interventions. We will explore the implications for LMICs, providing case studies of the development of similar institutions and their activities.
Kavi Bhalla, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, and Affiliated Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy. His research aims to develop transport systems that are safe, sustainable and equitable, with a central focus on road safety in low- and middle-income countries. His recent work has focused on the development of analytical tools for improving estimates of the incidence of injuries in information-poor settings using available data sources. Kavi co-led the injury expert group of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Project. He is formally trained as a mechanical engineer and his PhD (Cornell, 2001) thesis research focused on the mechanics of material failure, which he later applied to the study of injury biomechanics and vehicle crashworthiness.
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