INJURY PREVENTION SESSIONS GRSP Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge and the Decade of Action

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The fifth session in the ‘Injury Prevention Sessions', co-hosted by UNSW School of Population Health, Sydney and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care at The George Institute for Global Health, focused on how child road safety projects are contributing to the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030) global plan.

The session opens with an introduction from Dr Nhan Tran, Unit Head of Safety and Mobility at the World Health Organization on the global plan. Three grantees of the Global Road Safety Partnership managed and Fondation Botnar funded Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge then present their projects, highlighting how they address various aspects of the plan:

  • Gendered approaches in Vietnam (Dao Thi Bao Thu)
  • Road infrastructure and mobility in India (Vaibhav Kush)
  • Safe and Healthy Journeys to School for Children and Adolescents in Tanga, Tanzania (Simon Kalolo)

The recording is available here:

The 'Injury Prevention Sessions' are action-focused conversations about how we learn from local solutions to address the global problem of injury. From practitioners to researchers to students, this informal forum brings together like-minded individuals to explore innovative injury prevention research methodologies and opportunities to work together to save lives globally. This webinar series is co-hosted by UNSW School of Population Health and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care at The George Institute for Global Health.


    • Dr Nhan Tran

      Dr Nhan Tran holds a graduate degree in International Public Health and a PhD in Health Systems Research with an emphasis on road traffic injuries from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.  He started his career as an educator and then as a science advisor within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Later, as a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, he co-founded the International Injury Research Unit (IIRU). Dr Tran joined WHO in 2011 and was previously the Manager of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. In October 2017 he assumed his current role as the Head of Safety and Mobility. 

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    • Dao Thi Bao Thu

      Dao Thi Bao Thu is a project coordinator at Plan International Vietnam. She has been working on the Safer Cities for Girls programme in Hanoi since its beginning in 2014. Thu has 17 years of experience working at Plan International on various projects related to child protection and gender-based violence.

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    • Vaibhav Kush

      Vaibhav Kush is Senior Project Associate in the Sustainable Cities and Transport team at WRI India, where he works on projects related to road safety and child-friendly cities. He also assists the team in conceptualizing new areas of intervention and policy making in the field of road safety. Prior to joining WRI India, Vaibhav was associated with a Delhi-based architectural firm, where he worked on developing detailed architectural drawings for green office complexes. He has also worked with renowned Architect Raj Rewal on several university projects. Vaibhav holds a bachelor’s in architecture, wherein as part of his thesis he designed an Energy Efficient Senior Secondary School in Delhi. He holds a master’s in planning with specialization in Urban Planning from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. His thesis was on the Impact of Urban Development on Climate: Case of Delhi & Environs.

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    • Simon Kalolo

      Simon Kalolo is the country manager for Amend Tanzania. He joined in 2012 and is currently based in Dar es Salaam. Simon has a background in project planning and management. He is a trained road safety advocate with experience in facilitating workshops at global road safety events. Simon has managed Total Foundation’s VIA program and motorcycle taxi riders training in Togo and Guinea. His other work has included implementation of safe infrastructure around schools in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. He led a traffic conflict analysis study around schools in Ghana and delivered road safety training to NGOs and local government authorities in Jamaica and Morocco.

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