Violence and Injury Prevention

Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019

The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019 represents a new commitment from Bloomberg Philanthropies of US$ 125 million over five years, to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries and cities. The programme focuses on strengthening road safety legislation at the national level and on implementing proven road safety interventions at the city level. The five countries selected to participate in the programme are China, India, Philippines, Thailand and United Republic of Tanzania; and the ten cities selected through a competitive process are Accra (Ghana), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Bandung (Indonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Bogota (Colombia), Fortaleza (Brazil), Ho Chi Minh (Viet Nam), Mumbai (India), Sao Paolo (Brazil) and Shanghai (China).

Having strong road safety laws and enforcing them are important for reducing road traffic injuries and fatalities. The Global status report on road safety 2013 found that only 28 countries (representing only 7% of the world’s population) have adequate laws that address main risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. Based on the lessons learned from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme 2010-2014, WHO will contribute to this new programme in four countries - China, Philippines, Thailand and United Republic of Tanzania - by:

  • - providing technical support to countries to assess and revise current legislation in line with best practice;

  • - building capacities of select lawyers and advocates to improve their knowledge and skills for developing and advocating for evidence-based laws and regulations;

  • - engaging with journalists to build their knowledge and understanding of road safety with a view to their writing more in-depth road safety stories focused on change and solutions;

  • - developing normative documents reflecting the above efforts for sharing with countries worldwide.