The Child Health Initiative operates as a collaborative partnership, with a focus on global and national advocacy, research, and programme implementation.
Our objective is to provide a voice for the particular needs and rights of children within transportation and urban mobility policymaking; to highlight the serious and costly health impacts on the young of unsafe roads and air pollution; and to demonstrate, through applied research, programmatic support and technical assistance, the many effective solutions that are available. Read more about our mission.
The United Nation’s child rights organisation has established a global road safety partnership with the FIA Foundation, building global and national advocacy on the rights of children in regard to road traffic injuries and safe mobility. Read the UNICEF/FIA Foundation report ‘Safe to Learn: A Safe Journey to School is a Child’s Right’.
WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system including, in relation to the scope of the Child Health Initiative, road traffic injuries, air pollution and non-communicable diseases.
The UN Environment Programme is contributing to the Global Initiative in two key ways. UNEP’s ‘Share the Road’ Initiative supported by the FIA Foundation (and also by the German development agency GIZ, UK DFID, and the Government of the Netherlands) is promoting policy and technical solutions for active mobility, and provision of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, including ‘safe to school’ components. UNEP’s Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles is working with authorities to improve fuel quality, I&M regimes, and vehicle standards to improve local air quality.
The UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues is coordinating a research programme focussed on the political economy of sustainable urban transport – how decisions are taken, how alliances are built - which will identify and promote practical strategies to deliver safe, clean, low-carbon and child-centred mobility in cities.
The leading international NGO for child rights and welfare is advocating globally for safe mobility rights for children as part of its strategy to support delivery of the SDG agenda. This includes building on Save the Children’s ‘7% Project’ road safety advocacy and research initiative in Thailand, co-funded by Save the Children, FIA Foundation and corporate partners including Allianz.
The World Resources Institute is working with cities across the world to implement safe system street design principles, with many child safety benefits, based on the Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded ‘Cities Safer By Design’ report. WRI is the leading global advocate for safe and sustainable, low carbon, urban mobility.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works around the world to design and implement high quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable. ITDP has offices in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.
Hosted by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Global Road Safety Partnership creates and supports multi-sector road safety partnerships, including providing global road safety programme coordination for Bloomberg Philanthropies and for a new Child Road Safety Challenge funded by Fondation Botnar.
NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative provides design tools and advice to transform urban streets into healthy streets. Now the Child Health Initiative is working with NACTO to convene a GDCI ‘Streets for Kids’ Initiative, with funding from Fondation Botnar, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The George Institute for Global Health is a health and medical research institute whose mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide. The George Institute is collaborating with the Child Health Initiative to design and validate child-focussed interventions.
The UK-based international charity hosts and coordinates the Global Initiative. In addition to providing funding support to each of the other partners, the Foundation also supports the following global and regional partners delivering applied research, legislative campaigns and advocacy focused on child health and mobility.
Bernard van Leer Foundation is an independent foundation working worldwide to inspire and inform large scale action to improve the health and well-being of babies, toddlers and the people who care for them. The Foundation provides financial support and expertise to partners in government, civil society and business to help test and scale effective services for young children and families.
Working in Sub-Saharan Africa to deliver and evaluate safe routes to school initiatives, including provision of local street design changes, pedestrian facilities and traffic calming.
Leading child injury prevention programmes in South East Asia and China, focussing on pedestrian safety and motorcycle helmet wearing.
Working in Eastern Europe and former CIS countries, EASST supports national NGO partners in legislative.
Working in more than seventy countries to inspect highway and street safety and promote and facilitate road safety infrastructure design improvements for all road users.
Providing practical training on child restraint systems, promoting legislation on seat belts for school buses and advocating for child safety across Latin America.
The US is a leader in funding Safe Routes to School programmes. Working with the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, we are supporting an ‘Initiative to Safe Young Pedestrians’ Lives in the USA’, which engages city mayors and the nascent ‘Vision Zero’ movement.
Clean Air Asia is an international NGO that leads the global mission for better air quality and healthier, more livable cities in Asia.
Fondation Botnar is a Swiss-based foundation that champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments around the world. Fondation Botnar does this by supporting research, catalysing diverse partners, and investing in scalable solutions.