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The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN)

The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN)

The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) is a partnership of individuals and institutions – government, academic, and nongovernmental – that collaborate to further research on the impact, causes and strategies for the prevention of RTI in low- and middle- income countries. Collaborating partners have been meeting to exchange ideas and develop a research agenda on RTI and to develop capacity for RTI research in low and middle-income countries. The development of a research agenda includes defining research priorities; promoting appropriate investments for research; conducting strategic research; and facilitating the utilization of research results for national policies on RTI.

The RTIRN evolved from work done to address the “10/90 disequilibrium” (i. e. of the estimated 70 billion US dollars spent on health research annually, less than 10% is spent on addressing the health problems relevant to 90% of the world’s population), and the recognition that the neglect of research on Road Traffic Injuries in low- and middle-income countries significantly contributes to this disequilibrium. The RTIRN is supported by the Global Forum for Health Research, the World Bank and the Department of Violence and Injuries Prevention of the World Health Organization. Currently, the network is chaired by Dr. Olive Kobusingye from Makerere University School Of Public Health

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