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      Road Traffic Injury Is an Escalating Burden in Africa and Deserves Proportionate Research Efforts

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          Changing the mindset of road users in Africa will be a challenge, says the author, but many lives are at stake.

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          The neglected epidemic: road traffic injuries in developing countries.

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            Road-traffic injuries: confronting disparities to address a global-health problem.

            Evidence suggests that the present and projected global burden of road-traffic injuries is disproportionately borne by countries that can least afford to meet the health service, economic, and societal challenges posed. Although the evidence base on which these estimates are made remains somewhat precarious in view of the limited data systems in most low-income and middle-income countries (as per the classification on the World Bank website), these projections highlight the essential need to address road-traffic injuries as a public-health priority. Most well-evaluated effective interventions do not directly focus on efforts to protect vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists and pedestrians. Yet, these groups comprise the majority of road-traffic victims in low-income and middle-income countries, and consequently, the majority of the road-traffic victims globally. Appropriately responding to these disparities in available evidence and prevention efforts is necessary if we are to comprehensively address this global-health dilemma.
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              World report on road traffic injury prevention

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                Journal
                PLoS Med
                pbio
                PLoS Medicine
                Public Library of Science (San Francisco, USA )
                1549-1277
                1549-1676
                June 2007
                26 June 2007
                : 4
                : 6
                : 170
                Article
                06-PLME-ES-0915R2
                10.1371/journal.pmed.0040170
                1896192
                17593893
                c1469bda-6213-471e-b127-5b659672b95a
                Copyright: © 2007 Emmanuel Lagarde. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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                Pages: 5
                Categories
                Essay
                Public Health and Epidemiology
                Road Traffic Crashes
                Public Health
                Health Education (Including Prevention and Promotion)
                Medicine in Developing Countries
                Global Health
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                Citation: Lagarde E (2007) Road traffic injury is an escalating burden in Africa and deserves proportionate research efforts. PLoS Med 4(6): e170. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040170

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