In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), road traffic accidents pose a significant burden of injury, placing individuals at high levels of risk and stress on health systems. Overcrowding and overloading of public transport in LMICs contributes to increased severity of road traffic injuries not often observed in the Global North. 

For example, in South Africa, an estimated 70,000 minibus taxi crashes [3] and 12,921 road deaths occur each year [4], placing a significant burden on healthcare systems and resulting injuries that present a huge financial and emotional burden on LMICs. 

The GCIR aims to bring together clinical and engineering expertise to develop capability to identify, understand and develop interventions and policy to improve protection from high velocity injuries caused by automotive and public transport accidents, with particular focus on LMICs.

 

 


[3] Arrive Alive. https://www.arrivealive.mobi/minibus-taxis-and-road-safety

[4] OECD. International Transport Forum. Road Safety Annual Report 2019. (2020). Available at: https://www.itf-oecd.org/sites/default/files/south-africa-road-safety.pdf