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Applying the five-pillar matrix to the decade of action for road safety in Qatar: identifying gaps and priorities
  1. Rafael Consunji1,2,
  2. Ahammed Mekkodathil3,
  3. Aisha Abeid1,
  4. Ayman El-Menyar3,
  5. Hassan Al-Thani2,
  6. Tsoler Sekayan1,
  7. Ruben Peralta1,2,4
  1. 1 Hamad Injury Prevention Program, Hamad Trauma Center, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  2. 2 Trauma Surgery Section, Hamad Trauma Center, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  3. 3 Clinical Research Unit, Hamad Trauma Center, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  4. 4 Surgery, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU), Santo Domingo, D.N., Dominican Republic
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ruben Peralta, Trauma Surgery Section, Hamad Trauma Center, Hamad General Hospital, Doha 3050, Qatar; rperaltamd{at}


Introduction Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the leading cause of preventable death in Qatar; consequently, the country has participated in the Decade of Action for Road Safety (DoARS) coordinated by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). Its goal is to reduce the number of road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020, by implementing road safety activities, in the areas of road safety management, safer roads, safer vehicles, safer road users and postcrash response, the five pillars. This study will evaluate the initiatives and programs implemented in Qatar, during the initial period of the DoARS.

Methods A retrospective process evaluation of the compliance of national road safety activities in Qatar, with global indicators for the DoARS set by the UNRSC was conducted. A web-based online and electronic media search, in both official languages of Qatar: Arabic and English, for data and information on completed or ongoing road safety initiatives and activities implemented in Qatar, from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2016, was supplemented by personal consultation with relevant stakeholders in the road safety field.

Results There was complete compliance for Pillars 1 (Road Safety Management) and 2 (Safer Roads), whereas Pillars 4 (Safer Road Users) and 5 (Postcrash Response) met most of the DoARS indicators, and Pillar 3 (Safer Vehicles) complied with none.

Conclusion Qatar must continue to implement its present road safety activities within the Action Plan for the DoARS to achieve its goals by 2020. It must, however, implement more new efforts to require safer vehicles and make road users safer, especially those at the highest risk, that is, young drivers, occupants and workers.

Level of Evidence Level IV.

  • road safety
  • road traffic injuries
  • safer vehicles
  • road users
  • post-crash

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  • Contributors RC made substantial contributions to design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation and was the main author involved in drafting and finalising the manuscript. AM was involved in data collection, analysis and interpretation. TS was involved in data collection and analysis. AEM and AA contributed to data analysis and its interpretation. AEM, A-TH and RP were involved in drafting the article. AM, AA, AEM, HAT, TS and RP were involved in revising the manuscript critically and have given final approval of the version to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval According to the Institutional Review Board, the study was not subject to the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act and therefore the necessity of informed consent was waived.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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