In the second edition of Vaccines for Roads we argue that there has never been a more opportune moment to tackle this serious and rapidly worsening public health crisis by fundamentally changing the inherent safety of road systems around the world.
Vaccines for Roads describes how iRAP is now a global programme of local road safety champions leading RAP activities in more than 70 countries. Some half a million kilometres of roads have been assessed and numerous case studies show how road infrastructure safety is improving.
The focus of the report is on low-income and middle-income countries. Sadly, about half the roads assessed in these countries are rated in the highest risk bands: one-star or two-stars. The reasons for this are clear and include the fact that 84% of the roads where pedestrians are present have no footpaths.