The high prevalence of road accidents in Egypt and the consequent human tragedy is a great socioeconomic and psychological burden on all Egyptian citizens. Each year nearly 7398 people lose their lives on Egypt’s roads.
Egypt is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 Countries project (RS10), which will be conducted over five years by a consortium of six international partners. The project is funded through a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The project in Egypt is led by a working group consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Education, and Health and Population, as well as academia, trauma care services and nongovernmental organizations. The WHO country office coordinates the project implementation.
The overall goal of RS10 is to support the Egyptian government in implementing good practices to reduce deaths and injuries due to road traffic collisions. The focus of the project will be on speeding, particularly on the “ring road” around Cairo, and on seat-belt wearing in both Cairo and Alexandria. In addition to the road safety prevention work, national and international partners will focus on data system development.