Reliable estimates of the incidence and burden of road injuries are essential inputs for prioritizing national safety strategies. While population based injury surveillance systems are obviously the best source for such information, it is also widely recognized that such infrastructure is unlikely to be established in most of the world for several decades. Thus, there is an urgent need for analytical tools that can be used to derive reasonable estimates from a wide range of existing sources, including hospital records, police reports, health surveys, death registers, among many others. Thus, the Harvard University Road Injury Metrics project is building such a knowledge management system primarily focused on deriving best estimates in information-poor settings.
The project was launched with a mandate to produce best estimates of the burden of road injuries in 18 countries, 16 of which were low- or middle- income countries. The project has now expanded to include a focused effort on Sub-Saharan Africa (click here for more information).
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