Did you know that road traffic injuries (RTIs) are a major cause of death and disability burden around the world – and Qatar is no exception. Some quick facts to consider:

  • Every year there are more than 4,000 motor vehicle accidents in Qatar
  • More than 600 of those cause major injury
  • More than 200 result in death

Dr Hassan Al Thani, Senior Consultant and Head, Trauma, Vascular and General Surgery at Hamad General Hospital’s Trauma Centre, thanked the recent World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) for raising awareness of RTIs and identifying road safety as a public health priority for Qatar.

Road traffic injuries cause one out of every eight deaths (12.5%) and are the leading killer in Qatar, causing more deaths than cancer or cardiovascular disease. Intervening through a multi-pronged approach, including primary prevention, post-injury care and rehabilitation, form the Hamad Trauma Centre’s mandate and are key to reducing the burden of RTIs in Qatar,’ said Dr Al Thani.

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a high-profile initiative that aims to promote and facilitate innovation in the delivery of healthcare around the globe.

The inaugural Summit held in Doha brought together a distinguished audience of decision-makers and opinion leaders from across the world to discuss practical, lasting and innovative solutions to global healthcare challenges. RTIs were discussed at one of eight forums, with a specific focus on analysing existing best practices and making practical recommendations regarding reducing RTIs in an innovative and sustainable way.