Caro Smit was very honoured to have been been nominated for the Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC) that was held from March 04 to 17 in Nairobi, Kenya. This course was co-organized by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and the Johns Hopkins University International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
63 participants from LMIC around the globe attended the training. Caro completed the leadership training on evidence-based best-practices that should be used in road safety.
The trainers on the course were world authorities on road safety and injury prevention such as Adnan Hyder, Abdul Bachani, Margie Peden, Amber Mehmood, Andres Vecino from JHU; Dave Cliff, Judith Fleiter, Blaise Murphet from GRSP; Soames Job from World Bank GRSF; Skye Duncan (from NACTO) Jessica Truong from Global NCAP, amoungst others.
Practical work included a visit to Machacos Hospital, Kenya to inspect Post Crash-Care and data collection; a school road safety interventions site visit to two Primary Schools; group work on evaluating and changing a hazardous location using good urban planning, and an in-depth large large group project that involved evaluating a fictitious countries road crash data and presenting 3 strategic changes that would dramatically improve road safety in that “country” using the training we had been given.
Topics covered included:
The Road safety problem: an overview of the global burden; Leadership visions; Overview of frameworks,concepts & principals; Risk factors – what they are & how to measure them; Data sources- strengths & weaknesses; The role of enforcement; Policy & legislative environment; Principals of behaviour change; Advocacy; Post-crash care, response,data & measurements; Urban design assessments & solutions; Sustainable transport; Safer vehicles-assessments & solutions; Politics,government & persuasion ; Economics & financing; Decision making & resource allocation; Vulnerable road users; etc.