PUMA Energy partnership with ZRST to protect more school-going children from road traffic injury in Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia –DATE : PUMA Energy Zambia has once again partnered with the Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) for a road safety programme aimed at improving child road safety. Through this partnership PUMA Energy donated K24,650 to the ZRST for 3,200 Child Road Safety lessons at Chitukuko Primary School of Mtendere Township, Lusaka. The school is one of the most deprived urban schools in Lusaka and children face high risks of road traffic injuries everyday as they walk to and from school.
In Zambia, road traffic deaths and injuries represent a serious and rapidly worsening public health crisis. According to the WHO, with almost 2,000 fatalities in road accidents per year, Zambia is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. Last year, 1,853 people were killed on the country’s roads. Among these were vulnerable children who face grave risks as they walk to and from school every day.
In March this year, the Puma Energy Foundation, partnered with ZRST and international road safety NGO, Amend, to successfully launch a Child Road Safety Programme in Zambia at tNew Kanyama Primary School in Lusaka.
Mr Jacob Sikazwe, Chairman PUMA Energy Zambia commented:
“I am pleased to make a cheque donation of K24,650 to the Zambian Road Safety Trust for improvement of road safety in this country. As PUMA Energy Zambia, we are again pleased to partner with the Zambian Road Safety Trust in extending the Child Road Safety Programme to Chitukuko Primary School in Mtendere in an effort to save more young lives.”
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Zambian Road Safety Trust, Hon Yamfwa Mukanga, MP, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications said:
“The PF government recognises that road safety for a child is an important maternal and child health issue. The number of children dying from communicable diseases has reduced because of improved and greater availability of treatment, but sadly children are increasingly threatened by the prospect of death or injury on the roads. Road death is one of the leading causes of death in this country, behind HIV/AIDS and Malaria. I commend the Zambian Road Safety Trust for this great initiative of linking up with PUMA Energy Zambia to support government efforts of reducing accidents on our roads”.
ZRST Chairman, Daniel Mwamba said:
“Today’s partnership, which involves the Zambian Road Safety Trust, Puma Energy and most importantly the government working and speaking out together, is vital to make progress in road safety. May I call upon other private companies out there to consider how we can continue to build on our partnerships, and do more to shift attitudes and behaviour and culture, to tackle the 2,000 deaths 5,000 serious injuries that happen every year on Zambian roads. I thank PUMA Energy Zambia PLC for their work towards this vision of freeing our roads from preventable deaths. We may not get there this year, but we will continue to make steps towards it, with your support”.
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The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST)
The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST), a not for profit organisation, seeks to create awareness on road safety and contribute towards reduction in road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. Zambia, with almost 2,000 deaths in road crashes per year, is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. The trust has a particular role to play in terms of personalising the Road Safety Issue, creating a sense of urgency and generating a demand for safety from the public. www.zambianroadsafety.org
PUMA Energy is a global integrated midstream and downstream oil company active in close to 45 countries, of which 18 in Africa. Present in Africa since 2002, the company was formed in 1997 in Central America. Puma Energy has since expanded its activities worldwide, achieving rapid growth, diversification and product line development. The company directly manages over 7,500 employees globally. Headquartered in Singapore, it has regional hubs in Johannesburg (South Africa), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Brisbane (Australia) and Tallinn (Estonia).
PUMA Energy is expanding its retail activities across Africa and worldwide. Recognizing that the low and middle-income countries where PUMA Energy operates often have extraordinarily high rates of road traffic injury, PUMA Energy is committed to undertaking activities to make roads safer. http://www.pumaenergy.com/en
Puma Energy Foundation
The Puma Energy Foundation supports worthwhile initiatives to improve people’s livelihoods in the countries where Puma Energy operates. We partner with local NGOs that run development programmes that achieve lasting change in the areas of education & training, health & safety, and the environment. http://www.pumaenergyfoundation.org
Global figures on road accidents:
• 1.24 million road deaths occur every year
• More than 50 million people are seriously injured every year
• There are 3,500 deaths a day or 150 every hour, and nearly three people get killed on the road every minute
• US$3 trillion is the cost of road crashes every year
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