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UN call for a decade of action on road safety
The government of the Russian Federation hosted the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in November 2009. Staged at the request of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, the event represented a historic opportunity to make progress on tackling a leading cause of death and disability. As many as 1500 participants including ministers, representatives of UN agencies, civil society organisations and private companies attended the meeting, which was opened by President Dmitry Medvedev. Participants called for action to address the large and growing global impact of road traffic crashes, reviewed progress on implementation of the world report on road traffic injury prevention and shared information and good practices on road safety. The meeting culminated with the adoption of the Moscow Declaration, which invites the UN General Assembly to declare a Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–20. The declaration also encourages further implementation of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention; calls for particular efforts to address the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and users of public transport; promotes harmonisation of road safety and vehicle safety regulations and good practices; recommends strengthening road safety legislation and enforcement; supports enhancing emergency trauma care systems and requests additional funding from the international development community, especially for low-income and middle-income countries. Further information is available at http://www.who.int/roadsafety/ministerial_conference/en/index.html.
Funding for fall prevention programme ended
The New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG) is shocked at the Accident Compensation Corporation's proposal to cease funding the Otago Exercise Programme for Falls Prevention (OEP). The NZAG concern stems from the fact that falls are the leading cause of …
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