26 June 2012 

Fund partners with Save the Children for child safety 

l-r Lauren D'Amore, Senior Analyst, Save the Children, Bella Dinh-Zarr, and Rafael K. Khusnutdinov, Director of Global Safety and Security at Save the Children sign a partnership MOU in Washington D.C.

The Road Safety Fund and Save the Children USA have agreed to work together to combat global child road traffic injuries.

Save the Children has becomeĀ a partnerĀ of the Fund, as part of its increased efforts to address the global epidemic of child death and injury on the world's roads, which sees more than 260,000 children killed every year. The two organisations plan to cooperate on awareness raising amongst the NGO and development communities, and to work together to seek new donor support for road injury prevention initiatives targeting child safety during the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Bella Dinh Zarr, US Director of the Road Safety Fund, said:

"Save the Children have a long and distinguished record in tackling the leading causes of child mortality: disease, poverty, hunger. So we are proud to be partnering with Save the Children to fight this modern epidemic of road traffic deaths and injuries. Many people still do not realise the scale of this problem. A child is killed every three minutes on a road somewhere in the world. But there are affordable solutions that can prevent injuries and save lives. Children should have a basic right to be safe on the road, and that is what our partnership will be seeking to promote".