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WB, Brac join hands to improve road safety

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Health Desk- 25 Oct, 2020: The World Bank joined hands with Brac to implement a programme to halve fatalities on roads by 2030.

They made the announcement at a virtual meeting on Saturday morning, while signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at an event titled "Road Safety Collaboration: Reducing Road Fatalities 50 percent by 2030".

The project will carry out campaigns on road safety, implement programmes to improve safety of women and children in public transport, and develop skills of drivers, said Dandan Chen, acting country director of the WB in Bangladesh.

‘The losses due to road accidents are comparable to that of life threatening diseases. While the high casualty numbers are unacceptable, they are preventable,’ said Chen.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, in his speech said, ‘We are losing lives on the roads every day. I start every morning with news of road accidents, and when I see them, I feel guilty, and I burn in an invisible fire’.

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