Between 13-15 October 2020 UNHCR facilitated two Road Safety Training sessions in Kibondo and Kasulu, Tanzania. In total, 90 participants from UNHCR Tanzania, humanitarian partners, drivers and camp police attended the training.
Assistant Representative, Mr. Semih Bulbul opened both sessions, stressing the importance of the UN ‘Vision Zero’ strategy as well as the urgent need to improve on-road safety record in the operation. Mr. Bulbul also called for a strict adherence to the Road Safety SOP which was reviewed and circulated to all partners in September 2020.
Road Safety Adviser, Mr. Roy Ben Eliezer highlighted the initiatives implemented at HQ to improve road safety across all field operations. In the next session, Mr. Somnath Tewari, Field Security Officer, provided an overview of UNHCR Tanzania road safety record from 2015 to 2020 and presented a root cause analysis of an accident that occurred in 2019. Participants were also encouraged to discuss various myths associated with road traffic crashes.
Following a short break, participants were divided into groups and asked to openly discuss road safety gaps and outline solutions to various concerns, thereby improving road safety climate and reducing road traffic crashes in the UNHCR Tanzania operation.
photo: Somnath Tewari