The WHO says that road accidents "the most dangerous killer of young people" in the world – BBC Arabic


In 2005, around 1.35 million people were killed in motor vehicle accidents worldwideSource image
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In 2005, around 1.35 million people were killed in motor vehicle accidents worldwide

Road accidents have become the most devastating for children and young people around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The organization also published data demonstrating that Africa has the highest death rate in the world for accidental accidents.

The organization warns in a report that many countries in Africa and South America do not yet impose enough laws on the regulation of speed limits on the roads.

But the report also indicates a stable global mortality rate compared to the world population.

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among children and young adults, aged 5 to 29, the report says.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the number of deaths from road accidents is higher than the number of deaths due to HIV, tuberculosis or diarrheal diseases.

"These deaths are unacceptable for transport," said Director General of the WHO Tidros Adhanom Gibressus.

"There is no justification for inaction, this problem has proven and proven solutions," he said.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the balance of victims of road accidents in Africa is 26.6 per 100,000 people, almost three times the rate in Europe, the lowest in the world.

The report notes that half of the 54 countries in Africa have no laws on speed limits or maximum speed.

Botswana, the Ivory Coast and Cameroon have seen the largest increase in deaths. Among the countries that witnessed the decline are Egypt, Angola, Burkina Faso and Burundi.

Africa has also recorded the highest mortality rate in the world for pedestrians and cyclists.

High and low

According to the latest data, in 2016 about 1.35 million people were killed in road accidents worldwide, a slight increase compared to previous years.

It is said that the risk of road death is three times higher in low-income countries.

Southeast Asia follows Africa as the second most dangerous region, followed by the Eastern Mediterranean.

But despite the increase in deaths, the World Health Organization says that in recent years the global rate of road accidents has stabilized.

This is due to greater security efforts in middle and high income countries. This includes the development of safer infrastructures such as the assignment of bicycle corridors, the adoption of "better" legislation on speed, safety belts and advanced technical standards for vehicles.

Europe, the Americas and the western Pacific have seen a decline in road mortality rates.


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