In 2010, there were more than 40.000 road traffic fatalities in Brazil. The average fatality rate was 213 compared to 71 in Europe. The fatality rate is the number of victims per millions of inhabitants.
While in India more than 114.000 people died on the road in 2007. 13% of the victims were pedestrians and 4% of were cyclists. When we discuss these figures, we can reasonably assume that the level of ‘underreporting’ in India is high.
SaferBraIn was an initiative to reduce the number of road fatalities experienced by vulnerable road users in Brazil and India. The largest groups of vulnerable road users are cyclists and pedestrians. SaferBraIn stands for Safer Brazil and India. The European Commission funded this project under the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013). The main feature of the project is a knowledge transfer between Europe – Brazil and India.
The goal was to improve the vulnerable road users’ safety in these two emerging economies. Different topics were researched during the project to ensure that the European knowledge can be transferred, adapted, and implemented in Brazil and in India. The topics are road system infrastructure design, road safety management, pilot projects in Sao Paulo and Pune, and training. This multi-year project involved twelve partners from different countries, such as Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Brazil and India.
For this project, Fadiah led the Training work package. The aim of this work package is to increase the knowledge of Brazilian and Indian experts in the field of road safety. She coordinated the following activities:
- The development of the common standard of road safety education forBrazil and India.
- The development of a training curriculum, which take the best practices from European countries into account.
- The adaptation of the general training curriculum to the special needs of Brazil and India. This includes a specific training book, which adapted to the local conditions of Brazil and India and is available in English and Portuguese.
- Organising the trainings in Sao Paulo and Pune.
The ultimate goal was that the local experts would be able to transfer this knowledge to other people in their countries. The so called “Train-the Trainer” approach.
*) This project was undertaken when Fadiah was working as a full-time consultant at Balancia