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Improving Road Safety for Urban Children

Author(s): Richard Clarke and Natalie Draisin

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Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death globally for children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 29. Every year around 220,000 children and young people die due to crashes on the world’s roads, the majority in low- and middle-income countries. Around ten million more are injured, including many left with permanent disabilities. Child pedestrians in deprived and excluded communities are particularly at risk.

This brief provides a summary of key evidence on preventing road traffic injuries among children and effective evidence-based interventions. While evidence is most extensive for high-income settings, there is an increasing body of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of interventions in low- and middle-income settings. The brief includes global policy commitments and resources for more information and practical support.

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The Research Series: Cities for Children and Youth is published by the Global Alliance – Cities4Children. This series includes publications reflecting on a range of issues faced by urban children and youth and shed light on promising initiatives and practices for sustained change. The series aims to inspire action, add to knowledge, improve program/project design and advocate for children’s and young people’s rights in the urban agenda. It is aimed at practitioners, policy makers, government officials, researchers and advocates for better cities for children and youth and will include a range of publications:

  • Evidence to action briefs: These are short research summaries about different topics that are important to address when thinking about child rights and the well-being of children and young people in urban contexts.
  • Case studies of success from different urban contexts to inspire change and action
  • Country/city reports about the situation of children in urban areas
  • Practical tools to work with children and young people to encourage their participation, better understand their needs and support their contributions in the urban context.
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