Traffic deaths a major global killer

As the Guardian reports, traffic deaths kill more than a million people every year and so should rank right up there with AIDS, TB and malaria as a major global health threat. But they don’t rank, at least not when it comes to setting the global health or development agenda.

The LA Times recently reported on this major killer as well, noting:

Given the personal suffering caused by traffic accidents — 1.2 million deaths a year worldwide — there’s far too little attention paid by health researchers.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has offered a great online, interactive tool for exploring this called Road Kills Map. Go to the link and take a trip (below is just a screen grab).

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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at]humanosphere.org or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.