iRAP’s Global Programme Director Greg Smith and ThaiRAP Lead Kasem Choocharukul were interviewed live as part of the WHO Royal Thai Government Country Cooperation Strategy on Road Safety.
According to the Third Global Status Report on Road Safety, Thailand has the second highest road traffic fatality rate in the world. Vulnerable road users including motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists comprise 83% of the fatality. While Thailand is a signatory to Decade of Action for Road Safety and has a national plan in place, the country has seen minimal decrease in road traffic mortalities, from 38.1 per 100 000 population in the Second Global Status Report on Road Safety (2013) to 36.2 in the Third report (2015).
The World Health Organisation will contribute and add value to the Strategy by:
- Working with the National Road Safety Directing Centre to strengthen its capacity as the national coordinating body for road safety, in addition to catalyzing synergy among key nongovernmental road safety actors to facilitate complementary efforts
- Supporting the Bureau of Noncommunicable Diseases to improve the national integrated data system developed in the phaseof the CCS, by improving the data integration manuals and training relevant staff responsible for reporting of traffic data, to ensure its implementation at both national and provincial levels
- Building on the progress made through the support from the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, WHO will continue to support improvement of road safety legislation through the Working Group to Review Road Safety Legislation and the Legal Development Programme, which will be complemented by the Journalism Fellowship Programme component.
See the video and related links at https://www.who.int/thailand/activities/ccs-roadsafety.