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Since Amend’s founding in 2005, its aim has been to use science, evidence-based programs, and advocacy to help ensure safe, healthy, and equitable journeys in developing countries as they grow and mobilize.

 

Developing countries are doing just that: developing. The increased mobilization that comes with it opens new horizons in business, education, healthcare, and other areas of opportunity. However, currently, cities and transport systems are not being planned and built with the safety and well-being of the vast majority of citizens in mind. For instance, Africa has the highest road traffic injury rates in the world, and at schools around the continent, more than 1% of students are injured in road traffic every year. Road traffic injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children over the age of five in Africa.

 

The solutions to challenges like these are well-known: safe infrastructure that accommodates and facilitates the ways people actually live and move, evidence-based laws and regulations, and political will. These are enormous issues, and their trajectory is not going to be changed overnight. This is why Amend works to save and improve lives in developing countries today via the implementation of effective programs, while helping to build a safer, healthier future through research and advocacy.

Amend has offices in Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania, and has run projects in more than 20 countries across the developing world. Amend’s flagship, award-winning school-area safe infrastructure program, School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI), has been proven, via a study conducted with the US CDC, to save lives and reduce the number of injuries at schools where children are at very high risk of road traffic injury. Amend is now taking the safe infrastructure principles of SARSAI to scale on large road development projects with partners like the FIA Foundation, the World Bank, and the Agence Française de Développement.

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