India loses more than 100 000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 16.8 deaths per 100 000 population. Approximately half of all deaths on the country's roads are among vulnerable road users - motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.
To create public awareness about road safety in India, WHO along with its consortium partners is implementing the Road Safety Project (RS 10) to reduce death and disability through road traffic injury prevention projects. The project will be implemented in two states, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. Both states will include a component on improving trauma care, which will be carried out through training of casualty staff using international recognized and accredited training courses.
India is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years by a consortium of six international partners.