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Introduction: Each year, more than 1.2 million deaths in the world are due to road accidents. It is the leading cause of mortality in young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years. Road accidents and associated injuries have a major impact on health and development. Many international reports have evaluated the mortality and morbidity related to road accidents, but these studies are based on limited data, often with limited robustness. Based on a study conducted in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to estimate the mortality and morbidity of road accident victims, the objective of this article was to evaluate social, spatial and health inequalities of populations killed or injured as a result of a road accident.
Methods: Between February and July 2015, all road accidents were recorded by policemen using a mobile telephone data collection system, including geolocation of accidents. Three quantitative and prospective survey phases were then performed on injured patients admitted to Yalgado Ouedraogo hospital, the reference centre for these patients.
Results: A total of 1,867 emergency department admissions were reported. The majority (95%) of road accident victims were vulnerable users. More than 30% of accidents occurred in one central quarter and two peripheral quarters. The mean management time as 1 hour 3 minutes for victims rescued by firemen and 3 hours 10 minutes for those who attended the emergency department on their own. The mean total cost of management was 126,799 CFA francs (€193) [400-2,000,000 CFA francs].
Discussion: These results identify possible actions designed to reduce road accident injuries and their consequences. They demonstrate that the creation of surveillance systems common to police forces, rescue and health care services are essential to produce convincing data.


  • injuries
  • road traffic accident
  • monitoring system
  • Burkina Faso
  • social inequalities
Emmanuel Bonnet
Amandine Fillol
Aude Nikiema
Lucie Lechat
Mohamed Tall
Songahir Christophe Da
Valéry Ridde
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