Do you know that deaths and serious injuries on roads are one of the major causes of preventable deaths globally? Around 1.2 million people are killed on the world’s roads every year and around 50,000,000 people are seriously injured, many of them children. Road crashes – and the suffering they cause - are an international health crisis. So why aren’t road deaths given the same priority as deaths from smoking or dirty water?
The International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) is working worldwide to shift road crashes up the health agenda and to tackle their root cause. Contrary to popular perception, most road crashes are not ‘accidents’ but are caused by dangerous and poorly built roads. If roads are made safer, death rates and serious injuries fall. In fact, dollar for dollar, investing in safer roads is one of the best investments any society can make in its health care.
iRAP works worldwide with supporters, NGOs, donors, and development banks to deliver safer roads. Using an internationally respected methodology, we identify the riskiest roads and propose infrastructure improvements that make them safer. Sometimes just a few thousand dollars of improvements can save hundreds of lives.
Already we’ve assessed 1,000,000 km of roads and shared our findings with roads agencies and governments. We are creating a world where safer roads are the new norm.
Safer roads save lives but we need financial support to continue our work. Your donation will help build a safer future.
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