Snapshot: Road to health

Riders for Health, a UK NGO which provides motorcycles and off-road vehicles for health workers in Zimbabwe, the Gambia, Nigeria and Kenya, has hailed the World Health Organisation's decision to dedicate this year's World Health Day to road safety as a "major global milestone". More than 23,000 people are killed every week in road traffic accidents worldwide with almost 90 per cent of these deaths occurring in the developing world, according to the organisation's 'World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention', published today. Giving today's World Health Day over to road safety is a sign that the world is "finally giving road safety the concern it deserves," said Riders' chief executive Andrea Coleman. She added: "You might say these accidents are one of Africa's most easily-preventable diseases." The WHO is one of Riders' clients - the UK NGO operates vehicles for the organisation's polio-eradication campaign in Nigeria.

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