Global Health Programs: Global Road Safety
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Injury Center provides technical assistance and training, tools, and support to increase awareness and capacity in low- and middle-income countries to address road traffic injuries around the world. Goals of CDC’s work in this area include strengthening data and data systems, and collaborating with partners to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate effective prevention strategies, activities, and policies.
Where We Work
CDC’s Injury Center conducts training and workshops in road safety, both domestically and abroad. CDC’s Injury Center works with the ministries of health in several countries to implement injury surveillance systems. CDC collaborates with a variety of global partners to build capacity by improving surveillance systems, documenting the magnitude and impact of traffic injuries, developing and testing effective interventions, and disseminating effective programs to countries which lack them.
Public Health ImpactAs part of a crucial first step toward creating greater public health impact, the GPHIP informatics projects are designed
- CDC is a founding member of the U.N. Road Safety Collaboration Group, and advises the World Health Organization (WHO) and regional commissions on aspects of traffic injury prevention and control.
- In March 2010, the UN General Assembly unanimously passed resolution #A/64/L.44 declaring 2011-2020 the “Decade of Action for Road Safety.”
- In 2009, CDC staff prepared a toolkit for injury prevention that could be used by all CDC assignees overseas to help educate and prevent local traffic-related injuries.
- CDC worked with WHO and the World Bank to co-author the first World Report on Traffic Injury Prevention, and helped WHO develop the 2009 Global Status Report on Road Safety.