The Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of the Persons with Disability has actively supported the 4th Global Road Safety Week, held by the United Nations and the World Health Organization on May 8th to 14th 2017. It has carried out a number of activities in collaboration with the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Network.
Producing a video with testimonies of victims of road traffic accidents who were injured and have permanent impairments, such as lower and upper limbs amputations and quadriplegia. The video also shows a message by the Sao Paulo State Governor, Dr. Geraldo Alckmin, congratulating the World Health Organization for its initiative, and a testimony by Dr. Andre Sugawara, a physiatrist, who highlights the impact of lack of disattention while driving.
Dr. Roberto Victor Pavarino Filho, Road Safety Advisor of the Pan American Health Organization in Brazil, addressed the audience of the Hospitalar Fair, during the Latin American Simposium on Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology, when he highlighted that deaths resulting from road traffic accidents are only the tip of the iceberg, and that road safety is an overarching policy that embraces inclusive urban mobility.
Contents posted in the website of the Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of the Person with Disability (www.pessoacomdeficiencia.sp.gov.br) and the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Network (www.redelucymontoro.org.br).
The Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Network took part in the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week, a flagship initiative of the United Nations and the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Yellow May Movement, to bring society’s attention to the high death and injury tolls in Brazil and in the world.
In every facility of the Network, from May 8 to 14, activities were carried out to raise the awareness on road safety. Informative leaflets on the prevention of road traffic accidents have been distributed, the fronts of the Vila Mariana and Morumbi units of the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Network were illuminated with yellow lights, and campaign banners were exhibited in the reception areas in all facilities belonging to the Network.
Occupation Therapy Services organized debates on the situation of persons with spinal cord injuries after road traffic accidents, during which patients shared their views and experiences.
At the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Network facility at São José dos Campos, awareness raising activities were carried out to inform the audience about death and injury tolls in the world.
In the beginning of the week, during a lecture on the topic “My choice makes a difference on traffic” Mr. Daniel Monteiro, an officer of the São José dos Campos City Administration and Urban Mobility Office, addressed the personnel and patients of the unit.
Informative leaflets were distributed among the staff, patients and their caregivers and family members, reiterating that it is everyone’s responsibility to diminish these alarming tolls.