Saving lives on the roads of West Africa

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Lead partner: LuxMobility (LU)

Local partner: Ministry of Infrastructures, Land Transport and Connectivity of Senegal

The West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO)

L’Alliance francophone pour la sécurité routière

Associates: VIA

Edition: 2017

Country: Senegal

Project status: Finalized

BPF financing: 189 550 €

Objective of the project:

It is in Africa that the greatest gains in road safety can be made. Many lives on African roads can be saved. SAVE LIVE Africa contributes to this goal by building and implementing a robust crash data collection system in West African countries.

The Save Live initiative is conducted under the aegis of the West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO).

Following the signing of the Save Live agreement between the Ministry of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Connectivity and LuxMobility, on 31 January 2018, under the chairmanship of Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo of Senegal and Minister Romain Schneider of Luxembourg, Senegal became the first official Save Live Ambassador. Save Live supports Senegal in its efforts to reach the set target of a 35% reduction in the number of road accident victims and to improve post-accident response. The implementation in Senegal is being carried out in close cooperation with VIA of the Netherlands.

Working with modern road safety data collection and analysis systems allows data to be translated into knowledge. Save Live includes three years of monitoring, training and support to ensure sustainability. A helpdesk provides support and conducts road safety audits.

The annual cost of road traffic accidents in Africa is estimated at between 1 and 5% of GDP, far more than the region receives in terms of development aid. In particular, road accidents are the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds in African countries.

In terms of road safety, the overall road safety targets for Africa are integrated into the overall sustainable development goals of the United Nations. The Second High Level Global Conference on Road Safety adopted the Brasilia Declaration which contains recommendations on strengthening existing legislation, adopting road safety as a theme in the field of sustainable transport and recognises the need to improve post-crash interventions.