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BIGRS Stakeholders Engagement

Workshop on use of BIGRS risk factor observational data for decision making

On 3rd August 2023, the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), Makerere University School of Public Health through Trauma, Injury and Disability (TRIAD) Unit in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted a stakeholders’ engagement.

The purpose of the workshop was to share with the stakeholders the research findings from the observational cross-sectional studies on road safety risk factors which include; speeding, helmet use among motorcyclists and seatbelt and child-restraint use, and to find out from the stakeholders whether the data findings are relevant to their different sectors and how this data can be used to inform decision making.

This workshop was attended by about 30 participants with representatives from the Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT), Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Parliament of Uganda, Uganda Road Accident Reduction Network Organisation (URRENO), Safe way Right way Uganda, Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA), Uganda Traffic Police, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCCA) and World Resources Institute (WRI).

 

Frederick Oporia while giving his opening remarks

In his opening remarks, Frederick Oporia, the head of TRIAD Unit highlighted the MakSPH’s mandate is to generate data/ evidence. “We are here to share the data with the stakeholders, and the data can later inform decision making and we believe the invited persons can enforce decision making. At MakSPH and Johns Hopkins, we do not believe in doing research and putting it on the shelf. We want the results to go the end user” said Frederick.

 

He welcomed all participants to the workshop and wished them a fruitful interaction.

 

Nukbah Zia During her presentation

 

 

 

Nukbha Zia from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health shared data findings on speed observation. The data showed that the mean speed of speeding vehicles remains high in Kampala at 57km/h as of March 2023. The adherence to the global recommended speed limit of 30km/h is more on collector roads that arterial roads. Among the different types of vehicles observed across the five rounds, speeding was common among sedans, SUVs, pickups and minibuses. The data also showed that the mean speed of speeding motorcycles remained high all through the 5 rounds of observations at 56km/h as of March 2023.

 

 

Bonny Balugaba, a researcher at TRIAD Unit, shared data findings on helmet use observation. Data showed that helmet use remains low, with the highest overall helmet use in the 5 rounds at 47% whereas the correct helmet use at 38%. The data also showed that correct helmet use was low among drivers (55%), very low among passengers (3%), almost non-existent among female passengers (1%) in March 2023.

Otto Businge, a researcher at TRIAD Unit, shared data findings on seat belt and child restrain usage observation. Data showed that seatbelt use among all vehicle occupants (41%), with drivers at (53%) and passengers (19%), the observed seatbelt use among women drivers (74%), male drivers (50%), among the women passengers (26%) and male passengers (15%) and among children passengers for women (1%) and male (1%). Data also showed seatbelt use for drivers and passengers respectively as follows; pickups & light trucks (40%) (9%), Trucks & large trucks (34%) (4%), buses (51%) (0%), minibuses & minivans at (19%) (4%), sedans & SUV (62%) (28%), others (8%) (9%).

Bonny Balugaba during his presentation

Otto Businge during his presentation

 

 

 

Comments from the participants

“Taxis and buses do not have seat-belts, those with seat-belts are non-functioning. The participant gave an example of a time she was in a bus which did not have seatbelts, when she inquired from conductor on why there were no seatbelt, she was told by the conductor to buy her own bus with installed seatbelts. Passengers should take it upon themselves to care about seatbelt use” said Hon. Rose Ogiga, Woman Member of Parliament from Terego.

“Some players seem not realise the importance of the road safety campaign giving a scenario where the Parliament through MoWT appropriated 1.25 Billion for road safety campaign in this quarter, but unfortunately only 500Million was released” said Hon. Peter Acucu

“A representative from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development should be invited to such workshops to understand the need for the budget allocation towards road safety” added Hon. Rose Obiga

“These recommendations are targeted towards Traffic Police and KCCA. MoWT should be included. Most passenger vehicles are imported with no seats and seatbelts. MoWT should not license vehicles with no proper seatbelts” said Mr. Paul Kwamusi, Road Safety Consultant, Integrated Transport Systems Ltd.

“The recent videos shared by Traffic Police showing road traffic crashes show that a lot of crashes due to speeding are happening at junctions and intersections yet such places were left out in this study. Such spot should have been included” a participant said.

 

During the workshop, participants broke out into different groups Communications, Advocacy, Enforcement & Infrastructure and Policy, to discuss;

  1. How relevant do you find this data in relation to your sector?
  2. Do you think the way this data is presented is appropriate? If not, how best would it be presented to stakeholders for it to be more useful?
  3. How do you anticipate using this data in your sector? What would be the way forward for you?

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the different presentations, all stakeholder groups acknowledged that the data was relevant and was presented in an appropriate way, however, they gave some recommendations on how this data can be presented to stakeholders for it to be useful. These included;

  • Reliability and confidence in findings – clearly highlight the limitations in data collection
  • More comprehensive operation definitions – for the report to be easily understood the end user
  • There is need to engage the community in data collection like include testimonies from victims
  • The language that was used should be favourable to all stakeholders especially the end users, and should use more infographics
  • There is need for comparison with other areas where this study is being carried
  • Provide access to the full report – this can be through the QR code

 

The stakeholders also shared how they anticipate to use the data in their different sectors.

“We anticipate to use this data in press releases, journalists & drivers’ /riders trainings, development of messages and policy briefs” said a member of the Communications group.

“We anticipate to use this data in safety campaigns, to amplify our advocacy efforts and this data can help in monitoring and evaluation of our advocacy efforts” said a member of the Advocacy group.

“This data can be used to justify the increase in road safety budget, can be used in deployment of traffic police, to review road designs and to compliment the road safety media campaigns” said a member of the Enforcement and Infrastructure group.

“The data can guide to identify policy gaps so that we can review, strengthen or develop new ones” said a member of the Policy group.

 

Other recommendations;

  • Need for stakeholder’s inclusion in design and conceptualisation
  • Need to explore other data needs in the sector
  • Internal meetings to share research outcomes eg with Director of traffic and road safety, UNRA, MoWT etc
  • Need to include this data when announcing statistics of crashes in Uganda
  • Develop a one-pager fact sheet

 

Giving his closing remarks, Frederick Oporiah, the Head of TRIAD Unit said “One of the reasons why much data has not changed to policy is because researchers use statistical terms, a language that cannot be easily understood by majority of the end users. We hope that with the discussion and feedback we shall improve our data with stakeholder insight away from just academia”. He thanked all partners for their support and collaboration.