As part of our Clean and Safe Supply Chains’ focus area, we are working to promote road safety among schoolchildren in Latin America.
Road traffic injuries will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, and the risk is particularly acute in developing countries. Children are among the most affected. In South America’s fast-growing cities, they risk their lives every morning by simply going to school.
Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez operates in Latin America to reduce road traffic accidents and promote children´s safety on their journeys to and from school. The Trafigura Foundation is backing the organisation’s three-year project “Latin-American Children Safe in Traffic”, which provides a voice for the needs and rights of children within transportation and urban mobility policymaking.
The programme focuses on applied research supporting the improvement of child safety around schools, advocates to set this topic as a priority in the public policy agenda and raises decision-makers’ awareness about the importance of building safe infrastructures and behaviours.
The results of the research and knowledge transfer will provide relevant and timely information for the implementation of tools and actions necessary to strengthen road safety around schools.
The programme runs in Uruguay (Montevideo and Canelones) and Argentina (Junín, Guayamallén, Corrientes, Jujuy, and Neuquén). In 2018, Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez organised awareness raising activities around 54 schools and reached out to 18,000 children.
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