About the Author: Nancy Carter-Foster serves as Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science.
In my previous entry, I wrote about road safety as a global issue. I’d like to share one way in which we are addressing the issue at the bilateral level.
Five representatives of the Government of Vietnam handling transportation and road safety concerns, accompanied by one representative of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF), recently visited the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive extensive briefings on a comprehensive range of road safety issues: safe road design; disability accommodations; road user education and safety interventions, including intelligent transportation systems; data collection and analysis; public-private sector partnerships; corporate sector responsibility; trauma prevention and emergency response. The group, led by a doctor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also toured the Trauma Care Unit of the Washington Hospital Center.
The Vietnamese officials traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, where they then participated in an intensive one-day international workshop on improving and strengthening traffic crash data, jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), followed by a four-day conference on Traffic Data Records.
At the conclusion of this first program, U.S. and Vietnamese officials agreed to jointly develop a strategy for further training programs, with the emphasis being placed on U.S. trainers going to Vietnam in a train-the-trainer arrangement with engineering institutions, official planners, and others. Efforts to coordinate these training program opportunities with the next U.S.-Vietnam Joint Consultative Meetings under the U.S.-Vietnam Science and Technology Agreement make this a cost-effective way to incorporate the training and meeting schedules in one trip, funding availability pending.