The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network: A decade of research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries

Adnan A. Hyder, Robyn Norton, Ricardo Pérez-Núñez, Francisco R. Mojarro-Iñiguez, Margie Peden, Olive Kobusingye, Traffic Injuries Research Network's Group Road Traffic Injuries Research Network's Group, Shanthi Ameratunga, Alfredo Celis, Abdul Ghaffar, Gururaj Gopalakrishna, Martha Híjar, Karen Hofman, Rebecca Ivers, Eva Jarawan, Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah, Son Nguyen, Wilson Odero, Eugenia Rodrigues, Hamid SooriFimka Tozija, Radin Umar, Fan Wu, Samath D. Dharmaratne, Junaid A. Razzak, Cuong

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Road traffic crashes have been an increasing threat to the wellbeing of road users worldwide; an unacceptably high number of people die or become disabled from them. While high-income countries have successfully implemented effective interventions to help reduce the burden of road traffic injuries (RTIs) in their countries, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have not yet achieved similar results. Both scientific research and capacity development have proven to be useful for preventing RTIs in high-income countries. In 1999, a group of leading researchers from different countries decided to join efforts to help promote research on RTIs and develop the capacity of professionals from LMICs. This translated into the creation of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) - a partnership of over 1,100 road safety professionals from 114 countries collaborating to facilitate reductions in the burden of RTIs in LMICs by identifying and promoting effective, evidenced-based interventions and supporting research capacity building in road safety research in LMICs. This article presents the work that RTIRN has done over more than a decade, including production of a dozen scientific papers, support of nearly 100 researchers, training of nearly 1,000 people and 35 scholarships granted to researchers from LMICs to attend world conferences, as well as lessons learnt and future challenges to maximize its work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalHealth Research Policy and Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Capacity development
  • Global networks
  • Low- and middle-income countries
  • Road traffic injuries


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