India and Australia sign MoU to fund joint road safety strategy

India and Australia will jointly invest more than $A2.7 million to develop a strategy to reduce road injuries and fatalities in both the countries.

Announcing the Australia India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC), the Vice Chairman of India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), M Shashidhar Reddy said the World Health Organisation had predicted road accident death would be third largest among deaths resulting from any disease globally by 2020.

He said India would rate high on that list so the nation needed a system which could bring about change that was quick, feasible and inexpensive. Forty per cent of road accidents caused briad injury which could be prevented by wearing a helmet.

The signing of MoU between Melbourne-based National Trauma Research Institute and the JPN Apex Trauma Centre was overseen by Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner to India, Dr Muzaffar Ahmad, Member, NDMA and Prof Russell Gruen, Director of NTRI among other dignitaries.

The AITSC’s website was launched at the ceremony which was part of the sixth annual Trauma Congress organised by Indian Society for Trauma and Acute Care (ISTAC) and JPN Apex Trauma Centre.

This year’s forum ‘Trauma 2013’ with theme -‘Promote Safety-Prevent Pain’ invited surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, emergency physicians and nursing and paramedic fields from all over the world.



November 11, 2013