India suffers the highest number of road accident deaths in the world with 15 deaths recorded every hour on average. In the past decade, over 1 million people have been killed in road accidents in India and over 5 million have been seriously injured or permanently disabled. Road accidents are also the single biggest killer of young people, aged 15-45, in India. Not only do they exact severe emotional trauma on lakhs of families each year, but they also cause an annual economic loss of at least 3% of India’s GDP. Vulnerable Road Users are the most affected by this travesty, including children – 20 children (aged 0-14) die every day in Road Accidents in India. An alarming number of families fall into poverty after losing their primary breadwinners to such accidents—almost 81% of households reduced their income and 56% had to take to loan to deal with the consequent impoverishment. In August 2013, the Honorable Supreme Court of India has called the problem of road accident deaths in India a “National Emergency”.
About SaveLIFE Foundation
SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an innovative non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on improving road safety and emergency care across India through high-impact and strategic interventions at the policy as well as grassroots level.
With support from organizations such as Bloomberg Philanthropies, World Bank, WHO, Global Road Safety Partnership, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bharti Enterprises, Mahindra and Mahindra, and Religare Healthfore, SLF is creating high impact solutions that help to save hundreds of lives every year. To achieve its objectives, SLF operates in two broad areas,
- 1. ACCIDENT PREVENTION
- 2. POST-ACCIDENT RESPONSE
In both of the above areas, SLF’s model includes Policy Advocacy, Strategic Public Interest Litigation and On-ground Interventions.
Initiatives in Accident Prevention
1. Advocating for a comprehensive National Road Safety Law and Lead Agency at both the Central and State levels for the required multi-sectoral coordination
2. Litigating in the Supreme Court of India to address deaths and injuries caused by trucks carrying protruding rods
3. Expanding the Accident Prevention and Anticipatory Driving Training (ADAPT) program targeting high-risk commercial drivers – The program is conducted over 4 hours and uses blended learning techniques to reinforce 5 – 6 key strategies for accident prevention. This is a travelling program and can be conducted by SLF anywhere in the country.
Initiatives in Post-Accident Response
1. Advocating for a Good Samaritan Law for India to enable bystanders to come forward and assist injured persons without fear of danger, harassment or intimidation
2. Litigating in the Supreme Court of India to mandate a comprehensive nationwide framework for trauma care for injured persons
3. Training Police personnel and citizen volunteers to become medical first responders to road accident victims – The program is conducted over 4 hours and covers 3 main techniques to save a critically injured victim’s life. The module is 80% practical and 20% theoretical with a mandatory refresher after 3 months. This is a travelling program and can be conducted by SLF anywhere in the country.