Motor vehicle crashes in Pakistan: The emerging epidemic

Adnan A. Hyder, Abdul Ghaffar, Tayyeb I. Masood

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Setting - Motor vehicle injuries are increasingly being recognized as a growing public health issue in the developing world. Pakistan is a developing country in South Asia where motor vehicle use has increased since independence in 1947. Objective - This paper explores the magnitude and impact of injuries from motor vehicle crashes in Pakistan. Methods - An exhaustive review of published and gray literature, together with a detailed analysis of government data from 1956. Results - The data indicate a persistent increase in the numbers of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Changes in the reporting of rates are important to note in evaluating the data. Commercial vehicles contribute disproportionately to these motor vehicle injuries. Conclusions - There is a need to further the recognition of injuries as a public health issue in this country. Specific exploration of the epidemiological data; intersectoral collaboration between health, law, police and transport; and the development of appropriate information systems, will contribute to an appropriate response by Pakistan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalInjury Prevention
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2000


  • Developing countries
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Pakistan
  • Road traffic injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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