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270,000 Pedestrians Killed on Roads

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

According to the World Health Organization, pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users, accounting for 22% of the total 1.24 million road traffic deaths each year. The Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6–12 May) kicks off worldwide under the banner “Make Walking Safe”, to draw attention to the needs of pedestrians. WHO is calling on governments to take concrete actions to improve the safety of pedestrians.

There are many steps which can be taken to protect pedestrians on the roads. The newly released Pedestrian safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners, produced by WHO and partners, promotes a focus on combined enforcement, engineering and education measures, which include among others:

* adopting and enforcing new and existing laws to reduce speeding, curb drinking and driving, decrease mobile phone use and other forms of distracted driving;
* putting in place infrastructure which separates pedestrians from other traffic (sidewalks, raised crosswalks, overpasses, underpasses, refuge islands and raised medians), lowers vehicle speeds (speed bumps, rumble strips and chicanes) and improves roadway lighting;
* creating pedestrian zones in city centres by restricting vehicular access;
* improving mass transit route design;
* developing and enforcing vehicle design standards for pedestrian protection, including soft vehicle fronts;
* organizing and/or further enhancing trauma care systems to guarantee the prompt treatment of those with life-threatening injuries.

“The Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week offers an opportunity to highlight the myriad challenges that pedestrians face around the world each and every day,” notes WHO Assistant Director-General of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Dr Oleg Chestnov. “We are all pedestrians, and governments should put in place measures to better protect all of us. This will not only save lives, but create the conditions needed to make walking safe. When roads are safe, people will walk more, and this in turn will improve health and protect the environment.”

Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users. Studies indicate that males, both children and adults, make up a high proportion of pedestrian deaths and injuries. In developed countries, older pedestrians are more at risk, while in low-income and middle-income countries, children and young adults are often affected. Both children and adults with disabilities suffer higher rates of injury as pedestrians compared to their non-disabled peers.

The proportion of pedestrians killed in relation to other road users is highest in the African Region (38%) and lowest in the South-East Asia Region (12%). In some countries, the proportion of pedestrian fatalities can reach nearly two thirds of road traffic deaths, such as in El Salvador (62%) and Liberia (66%).

“More than 5000 pedestrians are killed on the world’s roads each week. This is because their needs have been neglected for decades, often in favor of motorized transport,” says Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability. “We need to rethink the way we organize our transport systems to make walking safe and save pedestrian lives.”

About 1.24 million road traffic deaths occur annually on the world’s roads, making road traffic injuries the eighth leading cause of death globally, and the leading cause of death for young people aged 15–29 years. The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, offers a broad framework for drawing attention to the need for greater safety on the roads. Launched in May 2011 by governments across the world, the Decade of Action seeks to build road safety management capacity in countries; improve the safety of roads and vehicles; enhance the behaviour of all road users; and strengthen post-crash care.

WHO supports road safety efforts generally by providing guidance to countries on five key risk factors: speeding, drinking and driving, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints; assisting efforts to improve data collection and trauma care; monitoring progress through global status reports; and serving as the secretariat for the Decade of Action.
For more information please contact:

Laura Sminkey
WHO Geneva
Telephone: +41 22 791 4547
Mobile: +41 79 249 3520
E-mail: sminkeyl@who.int

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Obesity Outweighs Malnutrition

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The WHO global burden of disease (GBD) measures burden of disease is a five year study on the worldwide state of health. The study found that for the first time obesity ranked higher than malnutrition as a cause of death. Vast strides have been made in overcoming starvation. At the same time, nutrition outside of Africa has been contributing to an increase in “fat” related diseases.

The study estimates 3 million people a year are dieing from obesity while 1 million people a year are starving to death.

More from the Global Burden of Disease

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Philly’s Top Health/Hip Neighborhood

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Society Hill

Society Hill, A Philadelphia Neighborhood

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Homes in Society Hill offer the finest in real estate value that the Philadelphia area has to offer. The district displays a splendid array of luxury homes sited along tree lines streets. There is a stunning variety of architectural treasures to be found along the lanes here that are often made up of cobblestones befitting the historic nature of this old established area. Many of the luxury homes found here date back to the 18th and early 19th Century. They have been lovingly tended and represent high value real estate. Learn more about Society Hill Homes online.

Many of these luxury homes are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the single family luxury homes available here, there is a profusion of Federal and Georgian style townhouses interspersed with more modern high rise residential towers filled with modern condos and apartments.

Society Hill takes its name from the Society of Traders, an 18th Century association of merchants who had their headquarters here on Front St. The group was headed by William Penn and was instrumental in controlling commerce with England.

The area is rich in history and includes Independence National Historic Park. Throngs of visitors flock here to visit Independence Hall where the Constitution was written. The park complex also serves as a focal point for the community.

So Much to See Here

Many visitors to Independence Park take the time to walk around this district stopping to admire the impressive architecture to be found in luxury homes. The area is considered to be one of the highest value places for real estate in the Philadelphia region. Most residents here are relatively affluent, and there are many smart shops and restaurants designed to appeal to their tastes.

Head House Square is another popular destination for visitors. This historic zone has many shops and cafes and hosts a farmer’s market every weekend. Walnut Street marks the northern boundary of Society Hill and Lombard St. the southern. East to west, the district stretches from the Delaware River to Lombard St.

History Predominates Throughout

Society Hill has always played an important role in the civic life of Philadelphia. Early on, it became one of the most populous districts. The real estate here has long been associated with luxury homes. The affluent citizens of yesteryear choose to build brick houses in this locale. In addition, the region developed market halls and other sites devoted to commerce. There were churches and taverns as well.

In the 19th Century, Philadelphia’s growth was mainly a westward expansion, and the region began to fall out of favor. Society Hill seemed to have been left behind, and by the 50’s many of the old luxury homes were looking anything but. Many had fallen into disrepair, but then city, state, and federal government joined together in one of the first urban renewal projects undertaken in this country. Things have been looking up ever since. Society Hill is once again valuable real estate where luxury homes abound.

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Clean Air Council’s Philadelphia Earth Day 2011 Celebration

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Philadelphia’s LARGEST Earth Day Celebration:

The 30th Annual 5K Run for Clean Air and Earth Day Celebration will take place April 16th, 2011. The course starts at the Philadelphia Art Museum and runs along Martin Luther King Drive. Arriving back at the finish line, the Clean Air Council has invited its partners and sponsors to participate in the Earth Day Celebration, providing an opportunity for community participants to hear about the latest Green event news, resources, and trends.

The 5K Run for Clean Air is a community effort to decrease the air pollution that triggers asthma and other respiratory problems in our families, as well as support programs that reduce waste in favor of increased recycling and composting and slow down global warming.

To get more information about the run, check out the website at http://www.5KRunforCleanAir.org

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