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Road traffic injuries

Road accident in India

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Every year, road traffic collisions take the lives of 1.2 million men, women and children around the world and seriously injure more. As a result, road traffic injuries (RTI) are currently among the top 10 leading causes of death and disability in low- and middle-income countries.

Unless there is appropriate and prompt intervention, they likely will be the third leading cause of death and disability in 2020 due factors such as increasing urbanization.

What the Global Forum does

The Global Forum was catalytic in the creation of the Road traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN), which has evolved into a partnership of over 180 individuals and institutions from over 30 countries. They collaborate to further research on the impact and causes of road traffic injuries in low- and middle-income countries and to identify appropriate interventions to the problem. RTIRN's goal is to establish networking mechanisms and assist in the creation of partnerships between road traffic injuries researchers and institutions globally, to support research and research capacity in low- and middle-income countries. The secretariat of RTIRN is currently located in Pakistan.