According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety published by the WHO in 2015, Kyrgyzstan has the 3rd highest road fatality rate in the Europe and CIS region, after Russia and Kazakhstan. In a review conducted by Road Safety in 2014 for the National Institute for Strategic Studies on the situation of road safety in Kyrgyzstan, it was found that in the five years between 2009-2013, of those injured on the roads 5773 were children: a number that is unacceptably high.

On 4th October 2014, Chinara Kasmambetova from EASST partner, Road Safety, therefore met with the Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office in Kyrgyzstan to discuss ways for better promoting road safety among children through joint working. Accordingly on 31st October, the WHO will be hosting a special conference looking at the issue of children’s road safety in the country with a view to giving more impetus to the issue both nationally and internationally.

Chinara Kasmambetova, Road Safety and Dr. Jarno Habicht, Head of the WHO Country Office