The rate of road traffic crashesis increasing in Nepal resulting many deaths and injuries. Routinely collected traffic police records are one of the most reliable sources of data to estimate the burden of road traffic injuries (RTI) in Nepal, since a record is made for each road traffic crash attended. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology of RTIs as well as to identify areas in Makwanpur district with the highest frequency of collisions.

 

After receiving ethical approval from the Nepal Health Research Council and the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, retrospective crash data were extracted from the records maintained by District Traffic Police Office, Makwanpur, by trained researchers. Anonymous data on people injured in road traffic crashes were also recorded. Data were recorded for one year between 1stApril 2017 and 31stMarch 2018. The findings of this study have been used to identify stretches of the East-West Highway at high risk for road traffic crashes for subsequent studies. Data are currently being analysed.Data collection and data entry were carried out with the collaboration of Mother and Infant Research Activities (MIRA).