Project Title: Improving the Riding Habits of Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Riders in Jos, Central Nigeria
Project Type: Program Plan
Commercial motorcycles and tricycles are commonly used for intracity transportation in Nigeria. Unfortunately, this practice is associated with a disproportionately high incidence of accidents resulting in a high number of injuries and death. There has been little focus on improving the driving habits of the vehicle operators. Instead, emphasis has been placed on the enforcement of safety regulations and road development.
The program plan is based on the health belief model and the theory of reasoned action. The main objectives are to increase safe riding practices among commercial motorcyclists and tricycle riders and consequently decrease the incidence of road traffic accidents involving them. This community-based program proposal would actively involve all stakeholders, including governmental and nongovernmental agencies, community leaders, the motorcycle and tricycle riders, religious leaders, celebrities and program staff.
The intervention is based on a best practice model intervention carried out in Uyo, in southern Nigeria. Quantitative and qualitative methods would be used to assess behavior change after the intervention, and evaluation would be conducted using a pre- and post- intervention evaluation design.
What compelled you to choose this topic for your project?
I chose this topic for my CE project because of the high incidence of morbidity and mortality resulting from motorcycle injuries in both urban and rural communities in Nigeria.
How do you hope to apply the skills you learned during your project in your career?
It exposed me to key skills in community participation in research. I hope to apply these skills as I further my public health career, particularly since I am also a trauma surgeon.
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