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Road traffic injuries in Namibia: health services, public health and the motor vehicle accident fund

Chatukuta, M; Groce, N; Mindell, JS; Kett, M; (2021) Road traffic injuries in Namibia: health services, public health and the motor vehicle accident fund. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion 10.1080/17457300.2021.1879870. (In press).

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Abstract

Namibia is one of five countries in sub-Saharan Africa that has a fuel tax levy designed to support road injury victims. This study examines how the scheme operates from the perspective of seriously injured or permanently disabled beneficiaries. Using qualitative methods, we conducted semi-structured interviews with RTI survivors in Namibia, and healthcare workers involved in caring for them, in order to investigate the role played by the MVAF. While some wealthier drivers continue to buy private insurance, most Namibians now rely on the MVAF. The analysis show the MVAF is effectively helping to enhance access to rehabilitation and other health services for RTI survivors. There however exist some weaknesses in the system which can be addressed. It is hoped these findings will contribute to discussions about whether the current system is fit for purpose and could serve as a replicable model in other low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Type: Article
Title: Road traffic injuries in Namibia: health services, public health and the motor vehicle accident fund
Location: England
DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2021.1879870
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17457300.2021.1879870
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Disability, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF), Namibia, Road Traffic Injuries (RTI), motor third-party liability (MTPL)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121915
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