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Kenya leads region in death- report
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:19

A global status report on road safety has revealed that Kenya suffers the highest number of road fatalities in East Africa.

Out of a sample of one million registered vehicles, the country recorded 3,760 traffic deaths last year, compared with Uganda that recorded 2,838 deaths from a sample of 363,000 vehicles.

Tanzania’s was even lower at 2,595 from 577,949 sampled vehicles; Rwanda and Burundi reported 308 and 63 deaths respectively, the 2009 World Health Organisation Global Status report on road safety reveals.

Estimated traffic deaths per 100,000 people in Uganda are 24 while that of Kenya is 34. Tanzania and Rwanda fare slightly better than Kenya at 34 and 31 deaths respectively.

Burundi, at 23 deaths per 100,000 people, has the region’s best record, although this is only so because there are very few vehicles in that country.

But this is only a fraction of the staggering statistics released by WHO. At least 90 per cent of global fatalities resulting from traffic accidents occur in low and middle income countries.

There are 1.2 million deaths per annum and as many as 50 million are injured or disabled annually — with an annual cost running to over $65 billion. This exceeds the total amount received in development assistance by these countries.

WHO states that by 2015, this figure will rise to 1.8 million deaths, and that comes with an even bigger cost in terms of lost lives and valuable work-time.

The global report also reveals another disturbing truth that poor countries may not succeed in achieving road safety soon as most of the accidents occur in poor countries.

The average deaths per 100,000 people in rich countries are 10 while middle income countries like India, Saudi Arabia and South Korea tally 19. The average in poor countries however is 21 deaths.
This translates into over 90 per cent of the fatalities occurring in low-middle income countries, even though these have only 48 per cent of the world’s vehicles.

The goal of the Moscow declaration may elude poor countries unless stricter enforcement measures are put in place.
Because of this, in line ministers at the first global ministerial conference on road safety invited the United Nations to declare 2011-2020 a decade of action for road safety to stabilise and reduce the forecast level of global deaths by 2020.