W​.​H.​O. PANDEMIC DECLARATION: Top #1 Youth Killer 5 to 29 Age Group (Fatal Road Crashes)

W​.​H.​O. PANDEMIC DECLARATION: Top #1 Youth Killer 5 to 29 Age Group (Fatal Road Crashes)

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Families of Road Victims & Survivors started this petition to W.H.O. DIRECTOR GENERAL (Worldwide) DR. TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS and

STOP TOP #1 YOUTH KILLER : ROAD CRASH INJURIES 

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

AN APPEAL TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 3,296 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 4,810,977 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 12,027,447 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % INCREASE = 7.23 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

On behalf of the Families of Road Victims & Survivors and on behalf of the multitude of endlessly mourning Fathers, Mothers, Siblings, Friends and Loved Ones in each and in every continent, region, country, province, city, municipality, and local government unit --- we passionately denounce, in the strongest possible terms, the horrendously hidden, the malignantly dismissed, the largely unaddressed, the perversely neglected, the widely ignored, the conveniently overlooked, the systemically downplayed, the culturally orphaned, the historically deleted, and the deeply forgotten MERCILESS MASSACRE & GRAPHIC BLOODBATH OF OUR DEAREST SONS & DAUGHTERS.

Despite the concerted efforts of public and private stakeholders throughout the declared United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, we are disheartened to discover that Road Deaths continue to increase and to accelerate in almost all of the demarcated World Health Organization Regions.

From 2011 to 2020 on one end, positive gains have been realized in the W.H.O. Regions of Europe (27.54% Decrease) and the Eastern Mediterranean (14.25% Decrease). It must be noted that majority of the solutions however in these High Income Countries are not applicable and not realistic for Low Income developing nations.

But from 2011 to 2020 on the other spectrum, negative results have plagued the W.H.O. Regions of the Americas (35.82% Increase) Africa (28.41% Increase) South East Asia (10.17% Increase) and the Western Pacific (6.07% Increase) 

Globally from 2011 to 2020, a staggering 7.23% Increase in Road Crash Deaths has miserably piled up with a total of 1.35 Million Fatalities annually leaving families devastated immeasurably.

Desperate situations demand more desperate measures.

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MOVING FORWARD

As the Global Community is now gripped by the COVID19 Pandemic, we tightly embrace and lovingly comfort the families who have suffered with the rising fatality toll recently updated July 31 2020  --- 668,910 Deaths or 3,141 Deaths per Day --- which will most shockingly result to 1,146,465 Deaths by the end of the year.

With unrelenting commitment, all countries are looking forward to the day when the Vaccine against COVID19 will be discovered, mass produced, and distributed --- hopefully bringing us back to our normal lives in a matter of 2 to 3 years.

In the wake of the COVID19 Pandemic, strategically long term as well as surgically short term measures have been put in place ranging from Economic Shutdowns, Country Travel Bans, Mass Transportation Restrictions, Community Quarantines, City Wide Lock Downs, Isolation Facilities, Contact Tracing and Mass Testing Programs all the way to the most fundamental interventions as Cough Etiquette, Hand Washing, Face Mask / Face Shield Wearing, and Social Distancing Health Protocols

Whilst we are fully cognizant of the importance of presently addressing the COVID19 Pandemic and focusing Global Efforts in the next 2 to 3 years --- we are already taking these small concrete steps to steadily scale up our collective sentiment to convince the World Health Organization to firmly, forcefully, and fiercely declare a GLOBAL PANDEMIC (Road Crashes) --- W.H.O. Leading Cause of Death for Children and Young Adults aged 5 to 29 --- stated in the published 2018 W.H.O. Global Status Report on Road Safety. 

Sadly, our families have been in the Road Safety Advocacy Campaign for the past 10 to 15 years yet we have not felt and not seen any ferocious Global Effort to once and for all end the completely preventable phenomenon of Road Crashes.

Most ironically, our families have always wished for a no nonsense clamp down on the most fundamental Road User Behavior Correction Programs of Speed Limit Enforcement, Motorcycle Helmet Wearing, Seat Belt Fastening, Child Seat Equipping, Mobile Phone Prohibition, Bicycle / Pedestrian Protection including Impaired Driving with Alcohol / Drug Prevention Measures. 

In the U.N. Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, collectively we failed with a 7.23% Increase in Road Deaths worldwide based on the 4 Published W.H.O. Global Status on Road Safety --- bringing the Death Toll to 1.35 Million.

Together worldwide, we failed to lower the Annual Massacre by 50% that has now haunted us with the bitter reality that setting lofty targets is totally a gargantuan difference from seriously attaining these set objectives.

We implore the World Health Organization to make drastic changes.

With the same intensity, depth, breadth, and magnitude of the Global Focus invested against the dreaded COVID19 Pandemic, all of our families are expecting no less once we set out in battling the Global Humanitarian Crisis of Road Crash Deaths.

This will be to pay tribute to the memory of the 12,027,447 Deaths of our dearly beloved sons, daughters, and family circles.

Their lives and deaths must be remembered.

YET VAST UNAFFECTED SOCIETIES ARE NOT OUTRAGED.

WE DEMAND SOCIAL JUSTICE AS WE CONTINUE OUR FIGHT AGAINST THIS GLOBAL YOUTH KILLER BEFORE IT SNATCHES MORE OF OUR BELOVED CHILDREN FROM US.

WE ARE AT THE HEELS OF A BREWING TEMPEST AND AT THE BRINK OF UNLEASHING ITS THUNDEROUS BOLT OF ENERGY.

WE DEMAND GLOBAL ACTION.

WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION TO SWIFTLY AND TO DECISIVELY ACT BASED ON YOUR PUBLICLY DECLARED COMMITMENT STATED THEREIN.

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OFFICIAL STATEMENT

2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety (Foreword)

https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2018/en/

There is a phone call or a knock on the door that we all dread, in which we are told that a loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a road traffic crash.

We shiver as emergency vehicles speed past us on the road to attend a crash. Our hearts miss a beat as we hear about a “road accident” on the news.

But road traffic crashes are not “accidents”. They are completely preventable. This report shows that the problem is getting worse. Deaths from road traffic crashes have increased to 1.35 million a year. That is 3,700 PEOPLE DYING on the world’s roads every day. This is based on the recently published and released 2018 W.H.O. Global Status Report on Road Safety.

Tens of millions more are injured or disabled every year, people who suffer life-altering injuries with long lasting effects. These losses take a huge toll on families and communities. The cost of emergency response, health care and human grief is immense.

There are many reasons for this trend: rapid urbanization, poor safety standards, lack of enforcement, people driving distracted or fatigued, others under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding and a failure to wear seat-belts or helmets.

One of the most heart-breaking statistics in this report is that road traffic injury is the LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH for people aged between 5 and 29 years. No child should die or be seriously injured while they walk, cycle or play.

We must return our streets to our children. They have a right to feel safe on them. In the Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders have committed to halve the number of deaths from road crashes by 2020. This report shows that three years on, far too little progress has been made towards this goal. There is an urgent need to scale up evidence-based interventions and investment.

Development is an opportunity for low- and middle-income countries to avoid the costly mistakes made in the past by high-income countries. We need to create cities and transport systems that reduce reliance on cars. We must apply the lessons we have learned about safe road design. With the right leadership and investment, countries can build in the safeguards and best practices to save lives.

W.H.O. is committed to working with countries to reduce the needless death and disability caused by road crashes that are underpinned by 12 voluntary performance targets agreed upon by world leaders last year. These are designed to provide guidance to W.H.O. Member States on key interventions.

Experience shows that sustainable road safety must be planned and requires long-term investment and public and private sectors need to work together to make things happen.

This report highlights the increasing number of countries and cities that are making progress with effective and affordable interventions. My hope is that this report will save lives, prevent injuries and mean fewer emergency responder knock on doors with messages they should never have to deliver.

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MAGNITUDE OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC (Road Crashes)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (Geneva Switzerland)
Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 3,296 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 4,810,977 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 12,027,447 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % INCREASE = 7.23 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (Africa)
Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 589 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 859,969 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 2,149,921 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % INCREASE = 28.41 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (Americas)
Regional Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 374 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 544,724 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 1,361,810 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % INCREASE = 35.82 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (Europe)
Regional Director Dr. Hans Kluge

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 239 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 348,968 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 872,420 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % DECREASE = 27.54 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (Eastern Mediterranean)
Regional Director Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 329 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 480,407 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 1,201,019 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % DECREASE = 14.25 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (South East Asia)
Regional Director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 908 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 1,324,955 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 3,312,389 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % INCREASE = 10.17 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (Western Pacific)
Regional Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai

TOTAL ROAD DEATHS PER DAY = 858 (Our Family and Friends) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 1,251,954 (4 WHO Global Status Reports) TOTAL ROAD DEATHS = 3,129,888 (UN Decade of Action 10 yrs) TOTAL % INCREASE = 6.07 % (4 WHO Global Status Reports)

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REFERENCE MATERIAL (Families of Road Victims & Survivors)

2020 F.R.V.S. Special Report 1 (World Bank Data)

https://bit.ly/2DFC6HC

2020 F.R.V.S. Special Report 2 (W.H.O. Data) 

https://bit.ly/2XDVImD

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YOUR SIGNATURE WILL TRIGGER AN EMAIL ADDRESSED TO THE ASSIGNED MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICERS OF THE GENEVA SWITZERLAND HEAD QUARTERS AND THE REGIONAL OFFICES OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

W.H.O. Head Quarters (Geneva Switzerland)

Please use listed contact information. If an officer cannot be reached and the matter is urgent, please contact:
Telephone: +41 22 791 2222
E-mail: mediainquiries@who.int

Fadéla Chaib
Telephone: +41 22 791 3228
Mobile: +41 79 475 5556
E-mail: chaibf@who.int

Margaret Harris
Mobile: +41 79 290 6688
Email: harrism@who.int

Tarik Jasarevic
Telephone: +41227915099
Mobile: +41793676214
Email: jasarevict@who.int

Christian Lindmeier
Telephone: +41 22 791 1948
Mobile: +41 79 500 6552
E-mail: lindmeierch@who.int

W.H.O. Regional Office for Africa
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Collins Boakye-Agyemang
Telephone: +47 24 13 94 20
Email: boakyeagyemangc@who.int

W.H.O. Regional Office for the Americas
Washington D.C., USA

Leticia Linn
Telephone: +1 20 29 74 34 40
Mobile: +1 20 27 01 40 05
Email: mediateam@paho.org

Sebastian Oliel
Telephone: +1 202 974 3459
Mobile: +1 202 316 5679
Email: mediateam@paho.org

W.H.O. Regional Office for Europe
Copenhagen, Denmark

Liuba Negru 
Media Relations Officer 
Telephone: +45 45 33 67 89
Mobile: +45 20 45 92 74 
Email: negrul@who.int

W.H.O. Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Cairo, Egypt

Mona Yassin
Telephone: +20 2 22 76 50 20 
Mobile: +20 10 06 01 92 84
Email: yassinm@who.int

W.H.O. Regional Office for South-East Asia
New Delhi, India

Shamila Sharma
Communication Officer
Telephone: (91-11) 23370804, extension: 26575
Mobile: (91) 9818287256
Email: sharmasha@who.int

W.H.O. Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Manila, Philippines

Olivia Lawe-Davies
Telephone: +632 528 9992
Mobile: + 63 999 889 3974
Email: lawedavieso@who.int

Ruel E. Serrano
Telephone: +63 2 528 9993
Mobile: +63 908 891 4532
Email: serranor@who.int

Teena Nery
Telephone: +63 2 528 9991
Mobile: +63 918 963 0224
Email: neryma@who.int

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YOUR SIGNATURE WILL HELP DECLARE A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND STOP TOP #1 YOUTH KILLER : ROAD CRASH INJURIES 

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

12,027,447 Deaths --- Sons, Daughters, and Loved Ones.

Families of Road Victims and Survivors
One Life is too Valuable. One Death is too Many.

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