SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.27 issue2Tiredness and sleepiness in rural bus drivers during their job performance: Peruvian experience and proposalsReducing pedestrian deaths and injuries due to road traffic injuries in Peru: interventions that can work author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




  • Have no cited articlesCited by SciELO

Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

Print version ISSN 1726-4634


MIN HUANG, Cheng; LUNNEN, Jeffrey C.; MIRANDA, J. Jaime  and  HYDER, Adnan A.. Road traffic injuries in developing countries: research and action agenda. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.2, pp.243-247. ISSN 1726-4634.

Road traffic injury (RTI) is the leading cause of death in persons aged 10-24 worldwide and accounts for about 15% of all male deaths. The burden of RTI is unevenly distributed amongst countries with over eighty-fold differences between the highest and lowest death rates. Thus the unequal risk of RTI occurring in the developing world, due to many reasons, including but not limited to rapid motorization and poor infrastructure, is a major global challenge. This editorial highlights a number of key issues that must inform programs designed to prevent RTI in the developing world, where the epidemic is all the more insidious. Firstly, road safety is a development issue; secondly, road traffic injury is a major health issue; thirdly, road traffic injuries can be prevented by the implementation of scientific measures; fourthly, pre-hospital and hospital emergency care is needed; and fifthly, research on RTI is neglected in low-income and middle-income countries. The repercussion of such progress to Peru is also discussed.

Keywords : Accidents, traffic; Developing countries; Public health.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License