On 21st May 2021 the NIRC organised an online event to disseminate the findings of the study ‘Identification of research priorities for a safe systems approach to road safety in Nepal’, funded through a NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research award. The two-and-a-half-hour online event was conducted by NIRC researchers Pranita Rana and Kriti Pradhan. Prof Julie Mytton and Prof Sunil Kumar Joshi, directors of the NIRC, welcomed guests and participants.
The event was attended by a total of 68 individuals, including 47 study participants, RSRP study researchers, NIRC Nepal colleagues, and members from the Road Danger Reduction Forum (RDRF) and First Response Reference Group (FRRG).
The formal session of the programme was graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Dr Sunil Babu Shrestha (Vice Chancellor of the Nepal Academy of Science & Technology - NAST), and of distinguished guests Mr Ganesh Shah (former minister for Environment, Science & Technology), Mr Rabindra Nath Shrestha (Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructures and Transport – MoPIT), and Professor Chandrakala Sharma (Maharjgunj Nursing Campus and Swatantrata Abhiyan Nepal). These attendees have expressed their interest in continuing to support the NIRC. Dr Puspa Raj Pant delivered vote of thanks.
All the participants actively engaged in this interactive event, during which the research team presented the 30 most important research questions identified through multiple Delphi study rounds for all five pillars of road safety (Road Safety Management; Safer Roads and Mobility; Safer Vehicles; Safer Road Users; and Post-Crash Response). The participants voted for the most urgent 6 research questions using Mentimeter polls.