AMEND – SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

By 2030, road traffic injury (RTI) is forecast to be the fifth largest killer worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s most dangerous roads, with RTI rates increasing as roads are built and vehicles are imported into the continent.

Amend seeks to offset the negative consequences of what is otherwise a positive economic and social development. They deliver tailored road safety education, visibility enhancement (reflector-enhanced schoolbags), and safe infrastructure around schools.

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The FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation announced co-funding of over USD 1,750,000 to support Amend, a non-governmental organization, and its School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) programme. The scheme runs in 10 countries in Africa over the next 3 years. Child pedestrians are among the highest-risk groups in Africa for road traffic injury. The vast majority of schoolchildren in urban Africa walk to school, and they usually do so unaccompanied. A child in Africa is twice as likely to die on the roads as a child in any other region.

Jeffrey Witte, Executive Director of Amend, reflects on the previous year’s accomplishments: “Thanks to Puma Energy Foundation’s support of a 2-year project that was completed in 2016, Amend was able to deliver our lifesaving primary-school-based road safety programme to over 130,000 high-risk urban children in 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. It takes vision to support this kind of evidence-based work, and Puma Energy Foundation has that vision” he says. In addition, popular road safety events were held in all the countries. On the guest list were Ministers of Transport, the media, the private sector and local communities.

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