Road injuries is one of the 10 most causes of death for adolescents in Africa!

25 Feb. 2016
by Johannah Juepner

The WHO currently released an article about the top ten causes of death for adolescents. One of the most cause of death are road traffic injuries, which is even ranked before deaths caused by HIV and AIDS. In 2013 more ten-to-nineteen-year-olds were killed by Road injuries than any other disease on the African continent.

Due to the rising motorization in low and middle-income countries and the fact that improvements in road safety are not keeping pace with the increase of traffic, this development is leading to more traffic accidents annually.

In Mexico the fourth most common cause of death for adolescents are accidents. Death caused by Road Injuries are even higher in China where it is ranked as 3rd reason causing the most death. This Number gets only outranked by Thailand where most of the adolescents are dying because of road injuries. In Namibia, road injuries are also the third most commend death, next to HIV/AIDS and Malaria even though Namibia has one of the best roads in southern Africa and one of the lowest population number.

These numbers are alarming and show the relevance of road safety in the cooperation with developing countries. GIZ on behalf of the German Government already implements road safety project in some countries to reduce traffic death and increase road safety. In Namibia GIZ implements together with the Ministry of Works and Transport and the National Road Safety Council an improved road safety management legislation, the development of road safety measures based on comprehensive data analysis and other activities to develop save transport infrastructure and to educate road users.