EU and UN officials in Moldova distributed first aid leaflet in the streets of Chisinau

16 Jul 2013

Dressed in reflective vests, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator, and Wicher Slagter, Head of Political and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Moldova, accompanied by representatives of the emergency services and Automobile Club of Moldova, distributed first aid leaflets to drivers at the crossroads of Dacia and Decebal boulevards, where the most fatal traffic accidents happen in Chisinau.

The leaflet “Be Informed, Be Safe!” explains in very simple language how to provide first aid during traffic accidents. This simple tool was developed under the project "Development of partnerships for road accidents in Chisinau and Tiraspol”, implemented by the Automobile Clubs of Moldova through financial assistance from the EU-UNDP Programme" Support to Confidence Building Measures ",

“We would like to draw people’s attention to the need to know and apply the first aid rules in case of car accidents, which can save lives” said Wicher Slagter. Drivers who received the leaflet said they lacked this information and that despite having a medical kit in the car, they would not be able to provide first medical aid to victims of car accidents. “I think that the medical kit should include a leaflet like this one. This is very useful”, said Alexandru, one of the drivers.

Worldwide, car accidents are the most common cause of deaths among people under 40. It is estimated that at least 6 million people will die and 60 million will become victims of road accidents in the next 10 years in developing countries unless urgent actions are taken.

A report on the statistical data and public attitude towards road safety in Chisinau and Tiraspol, developed under the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme, shows that each life lost on the roads of Moldova “costs” the national economy about US$ 511,000 (the full version of the report prepared by the Automobile Clubs of Moldova and from the Transnistrian region can be found here).

Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, said that the awareness campaign on road safety is important more than ever as the UN proclaimed 2011-2020 the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Adding that, “The event is a step forward in the commitment of the Republic of Moldova to reduce by 50% the number of road accidents by 2020”.

The “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme supports local public authorities, representatives of civil society organizations, businessmen and other stakeholders from both sides of the Nistru River to carry out joint activities in five key areas: business development, civil society development, social infrastructure renovation, healthcare and environment protection.
The Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme which is implemented during 2012-2015 has a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, out of which 9,500,000 Euro is provided by the European Union and 1,100,000 Euro by UNDP.

Contact information

  • Natalia Costaş, Communication consultant, SCBM Programme, Tel: (+ 373) 69221141, natalia.costas@undp.org
  • Victor Draguțan, Project manager, Business Development and Civil Society, SCBM Programme, Tel.: (+373 22) 839 873, victor.dragutan@undp.org
  • Tatiana Mihailova, Project Manager, Automobile Club from Moldova, Tel: (+ 373 22) 227 085, mihailovat@yahoo.com