Thinking Ahead

The World Health Organization and the prevention of road injuries: phone book analysis

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1485
  1. Ian Roberts (, professor of epidemiology and public health,
  2. Tessa Hosford, researcher,
  3. Phil Edwards, senior research fellow
  1. Public Health Intervention Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1B 3DP
  1. Correspondence to: I Roberts

    Every day about 3000 people die and about 30 000 people are seriously injured in road crashes. 1 2 Most casualties occur in low and middle income countries, and most are vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. The World Health Organization has a lead role in the control of global epidemics, and the work is coordinated from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. We conducted a phone book analysis to assess how the WHO is responding to the global problem of road injuries.

    Number of telephones in units of the World Health Organization

    Methods and results

    Briefly, phone book analysis involves obtaining a phone book and analysing its contents. The phone book of the WHO headquarters lists the name of each employee, a series of symbols indicating …

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