Road traffic injuries in Peace Corps Volunteers, 1996–2014

Peace Corps Volunteers are a unique population of long-term travelers who spend 27 months in their countries of service promoting cultural exchange. Road traffic injuries are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among individuals traveling abroad and 33% of fatalities among Volunteers were from road traffic injuries between 1984 and 2003. Using data from the Peace Corps' Epidemiologic Surveillance System (ESS) and Death-In-Service (DIS) database, this study examines road traffic injury rates among Volunteers between 1996 and 2014. The data revealed a rate of 3.12 non-fatal injuries and 0.01 fatalities per 1000 Volunteer-months, with a decline from 4.01 in 1996 to 2.84 in 2014. The most frequent mechanisms of injury were pedestrian and bicycle injuries and the highest rates of total road traffic injuries (pedestrian, bicycle, motor vehicle occupant and motorcycle) occurred in the central sub-Saharan African region. The authors suggest that the decrease in rate of road traffic injuries among Volunteers may be attributable to Peace Corps transportation policies and training as well as changes to road environments worldwide.


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  • Accession Number: 01650090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 2017 3:50PM