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The World Health Organization (WHO) commends Uganda’s effort in promoting road safety

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  The World Health Organization WHO has pledged to work with Parliament and other stakeholders to implement its new resolution to reduce road traffic deaths by 50 percent within a decade The World Health Organization s Head of Safety and Mobility Dr Nhan Tran made the remarks at a meeting with members of the Parliamentary Forum for Road Safety in the Speaker s Board Room on Monday September 19 2022 Dr Tran said that in 2020 the WHO and the UN launched a new decade of action from 2021 to 2031 calling on member states through a resolution to reduce road traffic deaths by 50 percent in 2031 We would like to explore with you work together to execute the resolution by supporting legislators involved in promoting road safety he said adding that it would be of great value to engage in a regional dialogue with legislators to have a multi pronged approach on issues related to road safety He proposed that Uganda host the planned regional dialogue because of the leadership he has taken in engaging on this issue One of the tasks mandated by the WHO is to monitor the progress made by member states in curbing traffic accidents and this can be done through pilot studies with member states to obtain more precise figures he added Dr Tran revealed that the WHO would engage in further discussions and initiatives with member state road safety chiefs to support their moves to achieve the resolution The Honorable Alex Ruhinda chair of the Parliamentary Forum for Road Safety said road accidents are often a cause for concern at the time they occur and are often forgotten thereafter something the forum seeks to reverse This forum Ruhinda noted seeks to raise awareness of traffic accidents and suppress their occurrence through various interventions with the overall goal of saving lives He said that recently the forum working with the Physical Infrastructure Committee managed to persuade the government to increase its funding of the road safety component in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in the latest budget allocation The development of any country would be hampered if it lost five percent of its GDP in human capital we continue to lose economically active and active citizens in traffic accidents said Ruhinda He said that most of these people operate businesses that come to an end when they have fatal accidents The senior road safety officer at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Judith Karara said that the government received the global action plan on road safety proposed by the WHO and is in the process of building a national action plan that is a domesticated version of the world plan plan Karara added that the government has further committed to the UN Conventions on Road Safety These include the African Road Safety Charter the uniform description of wheeled vehicles and goods the agreement on the transport of dangerous goods among others she said She pointed out that road safety guidelines have been revised under the traffic and road safety law which are in line with international regulations and aim to enforce road safety Parliamentary Commissioner Hon Esther Afoyochan representing the Speaker of Parliament called on the WHO to step up its support to both government and civil society in all road safety initiatives She said that attention has often been focused on road construction neglecting the importance of road safety and therefore called on members of parliament to increase their energy in pushing for better road safety
The World Health Organization (WHO) commends Uganda’s effort in promoting road safety

1 The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to work with Parliament and other stakeholders to implement its new resolution to reduce road traffic deaths by 50 percent within a decade.

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2 The World Health Organization’s Head of Safety and Mobility, Dr. Nhan Tran, made the remarks at a meeting with members of the Parliamentary Forum for Road Safety in the Speaker’s Board Room on Monday, September 19, 2022.

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3 Dr. Tran said that in 2020, the WHO and the UN launched a new decade of action from 2021 to 2031 calling on member states, through a resolution, to reduce road traffic deaths by 50 percent in 2031.

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4 “We would like to explore with you, work together to execute the resolution by supporting legislators involved in promoting road safety,” he said, adding that it would be of great value to engage in a regional dialogue with legislators to have a multi-pronged approach on issues related to road safety.

5 He proposed that Uganda host the planned regional dialogue because of the leadership he has taken in engaging on this issue.

6 “One of the tasks mandated by the WHO is to monitor the progress made by member states in curbing traffic accidents and this can be done through pilot studies with member states to obtain more precise figures,” he added.

7 Dr Tran revealed that the WHO would engage in further discussions and initiatives with member state road safety chiefs to support their moves to achieve the resolution.

8 The Honorable Alex Ruhinda, chair of the Parliamentary Forum for Road Safety, said road accidents are often a cause for concern at the time they occur and are often forgotten thereafter, something the forum seeks to reverse.

9 This forum, Ruhinda noted, seeks to raise awareness of traffic accidents and suppress their occurrence through various interventions, with the overall goal of saving lives.

10 He said that recently, the forum working with the Physical Infrastructure Committee managed to persuade the government to increase its funding of the road safety component in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in the latest budget allocation.

11 “The development of any country would be hampered if it lost five percent of its GDP in human capital; we continue to lose economically active and active citizens in traffic accidents,” said Ruhinda.

12 He said that most of these people operate businesses that come to an end when they have fatal accidents.

13 The senior road safety officer at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Judith Karara, said that the government received the global action plan on road safety proposed by the WHO and is in the process of building a national action plan that is a domesticated version.

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16 Karara added that the government has further committed to the UN Conventions on Road Safety.

17 “These include the African Road Safety Charter, the uniform description of wheeled vehicles and goods, the agreement on the transport of dangerous goods, among others,” she said.

18 She pointed out that road safety guidelines have been revised under the traffic and road safety law which are in line with international regulations and aim to enforce road safety.

19 Parliamentary Commissioner, Hon. Esther Afoyochan, representing the Speaker of Parliament, called on the WHO to step up its support to both government and civil society in all road safety initiatives.

20 She said that attention has often been focused on road construction, neglecting the importance of road safety, and therefore called on members of parliament to increase their energy in pushing for better road safety.

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