|Mayor Bloomberg at a motorcycle helmet safety event in Vietnam in 2012|
Bloomberg Philanthropies has published an impact assessment at the half-way point in its five year 'Global Road Safety Program' targeted on ten countries with serious road traffic injury problems. The philanthropic foundation of Mayor Michael R Bloomberg of New York committed $125 million at the Moscow Ministerial Conference in 2009 to support catalytic road safety investment during the Decade of Action.
Bloomberg Philanthopies estimates that at least 12,670 lives will be saved in five years based on the program’s early accomplishments in target countries: Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.
The delivery partners in Bloomberg Philanthropies' initiative are the Association for Safe International Road Safety (ASIRT), EMBARQ, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH), World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The report was published as Mayor Bloomberg joined World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at a sustainable transportation forum at the Bank, where both men highlighted the need to do more to address road traffic injuries.
“The success we have had through our road safety program is saving lives around the world, but there is still more work to be done,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “We look forward to spreading our efforts and contributing to the Decade of Action to reduce preventable road traffic deaths and injuries.”
Mayor Bloomberg was the recipent of the 2012 Prince Michael Decade of Action Award, presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the 2012 Decade of Action Policy & Donor Forum, for his leadership in international road safety and his philanthropic support for road injury prevention.