|Experts get together to plan a Strategic Plan for Road Safety|
Cd. Juárez, MX, December 16, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Every year road accidents cause thousands of deaths worldwide, in 2009, 1.3 million people lost their lives in car accidents. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office in collaboration with the Observatorio de Seguridad y Convivencia Ciudadana del Municipio Juárez are working to develop a strategic plan for road safety at a local level, using the Road Safety Mexican Initiative (IMESEVI, in Spanish). The meeting took place at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) on December 16th 2011.
In March 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, with the aim of stabilizing and then reducing expected numbers of fatalities in traffic accidents worldwide by 2020. Mexico joined these actions by signing an agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation to implement the "National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020."
This strategy is aligned to the established by the United Nations under the following: assist in strengthening the management capacity of road safety, participate in the review of the modernization of road infrastructure and safer transport, promote use of safer vehicles, improving the behavior of users of the roads with emphasis on the risk factors that favor the occurrence of traffic accidents and strengthen trauma care and acute conditions by improving healthcare services pre - hospital and hospital care. This plan will focus on current problems of road safety and report what Mexico in both the urban and federal highway, intends to make over the next ten years.
For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040 / Fax (915) 845-4361