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Author(s) M.P. Muvuringi
Institute KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Department Development, Policy and Practice
Training Master in International Health (MIH)
Year 2012
Publisher KIT - Royal Tropical Institute [etc.]
Place Amsterdam
Pages ix, 62
Organization KIT - Royal Tropical Institute, VU - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Subject Infrastructure, Transport and Urban Development
Keyword disasters and emergencies, infrastructure, health, human security
Region East Africa
Country Zimbabwe
Abstract Zimbabwe has comprehensive road network linking the different parts of the country and providing access to neighbouring countries for imports and exports. The country is experiencing an increase in motorisation while roads have deteriorated resulting in increased road accidents. This study seeks to improve understanding of road traffic injuries (RTIs) and their impact as an agenda for public health. It highlights that RTIs are a safety problem and an equity public health issue. The perceived risk of fatal RTIs exceeds all other risks in the country (Andrews, 2011). The productive age group is mostly affected with more males dying than females. This study is based on peer reviewed and grey literature. An active search for informal and formal information about RTIs was done. The Safe Systems Approach framework was adapted with some components from the Commission of Social Determinants of Health. Zimbabwe’s key risk factors that contribute to RTIs include reckless driving, violation of traffic laws, damaged vehicles, and bad roads. The country has basic legislation for road safety that needs to be reviewed, e.g., speed limits are faster than the global recommendations. There is inadequate enforcement of existing road safety laws, corruption and poor data collection and recording. Those injured face challenges to access health care. Accurate RTI data collection and recording is needed for designing strategies and understanding RTIs risks. Research should be done to establish knowledge gaps on RTIs. Public transport should be improved to achieve road safety for passengers. Country should establish universal national health insurance to improve access to health care.
Language English
Category Research
Document type Master's thesis
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