PeerCorps study finds length of travel time to school associated with risk of serious injuries in Dar es Salaam

Injuries represent a significant cause of lost life and disability among young people worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income country settings. In Tanzania, injuries sustained in the traffic environment account for a large share of the country’s injury burden. A recent study published in the African Safety Promotion Journal by PeerCorps-CIPCS found a significant association between travel time to school and increased risk of serious injuries. CIPCS Researchers report that students who had a travel time of 30 minutes or more to school, were 61% more likely to have reported two or more serious injuries during one month preceding a school-based survey. Although more research is needed, particularly concerning the mechanisms of injury during transit to school, the authors state that their results may implicate value in school-based safety instruction in the region. Future research may also be useful in informing interventions which could include for example, the creation of safer routes to school for those who walk or cycle. A proof-version of the manuscript is available for download here [Demographic and contextual influences in injury risk]. Comments are welcome and appreciated.

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  1. Very interesting paper with findings which can inform effective policy changes.

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