Africa has the highest road traffic fatality rate in the world. Over 800 people are killed in road crashes every day, more than half of them vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. It’s a public health crisis that is entirely preventable. It’s also a huge story that needs to be told.
It is for this reason, that the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Science Africa, is hosting a three-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, from 24th-26th October 2022 to equip journalists to report on key road safety issues and to prepare them to train others on this crucial topic.
The 15 journalists drawn from Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania who will take part in the training were selected from a pool of over 600 applicants.
Among the topics to be covered during the training include road safety issues in Africa, motorcycle safety, post crash care, solutions journalism on road safety, reporting solutions with impacts, sources of road safety data and storytelling with data among others.
After the training, participants will apply for grants to support their reporting or training on road safety.