Transport for Health report - Launch event
March 31, 2014London

The World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation are pleased to announce the launch of Transport for Health, a new report that looks into the overall health impact of motorized transport. The report counts the number of lives lost to road crashes and, for the first time, also quantifies deaths related to vehicle pollution. Based on these findings, the authors formulate practical policy recommendations for addressing the rising death toll from traffic and pollution.

In the new global agenda for sustainable development, transportation and mobility are becoming recognised as central issues. Trillions of dollars are forecast to be spent on transportation in the coming decades, with emerging economies at the forefront. And as we move beyond the MDGs, decision makers are starting to recognise the need for ‘reliable and efficient’ transport connections for economic transformation and in efforts towards the eradication of poverty.

However, concerns over the social and health costs of the growth in road transport are becoming ever more apparent. Road traffic injuries and the impact of air pollution are an increasing burden on populations in low and middle income countries.

This new research from the World Bank and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) presents the global health loss from motorised road transport. The results reveal the extent of the impact and the burden on vulnerable sections of the population which has so far not been adequately understood. The report describes policy recommendations and actions to address this 21 century epidemic.

13.00: Coffee and registration

13.30: Welcome and introduction
Kevin Watkins, Executive Director Overseas Development Institute

13.40: ‘Transport for Health’, report overview
Marc Shotten, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank Global Road Safety Facility

13:50: The Changing Landscape of Measuring Road Transport Emissions
Aaron Cohen, Principal Scientist, Health Effects Institute

13:55: Injury Metrics Reporting and Road Transport
Kavi Bhalla, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

14:00: The Global Burden of Disease: Trends and Future Direction
Katherine Leach-Kemon, Policy Translation Specialist, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

14:05: The Post-2015 Agenda: confronting a 21st Century epidemic
Saul Billingsley, Director General FIA Foundation

14:15 Panel discussion and audience Q&A
Moderator: Sarah Boseley Health Editor, The Guardian

15:00 Ends

  • WHEN: March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-5pm
  • WHERE: Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom