The objective of the Road Crash and Victim Information System (RCVIS) is to provide governments and development stakeholders in Cambodia with accurate, continuous and comprehensive information on road crashes and victims for the purposes of increased understanding of the current road safety situation, planning appropriate responses and policy, and evaluating impact of current and future initiatives.
RCVIS collects, centralizes, analyses and disseminates information provided by three different sources:
Public health facilities;
Figure: RCVIS data collection flow
The system has been progressively developed since 2004 by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health, with the technical support of Handicap International Belgium. In Siem Reap, Otdar Mean Chey and Kampong Cham provinces, the system is also supported by the Belgian Technical Cooperation.
By the end of 2006, RCVIS, through the traffic police and health facilities, collected accident data from all 24 Cambodian provinces/cities. All traffic police officers were trained in the RCVIS data collection forms since 2005. Training of hospital and private clinic staffs was finalized in mid-2006, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
In 2007, HIB and MoI provided refresher trainings to the national traffic police on RCVIS data collection forms and use of Global Positioning System (GPS) to 24 provinces/cities. Traffic police officers along the main Cambodian national roads are now equipped with GPS devices to accurately identify road crashes location. Since August 2007, the information is being integrated into the RCVIS system and disseminated through the RCVIS monthly reports.
By accurately locating road traffic accidents, precise digital maps can be produced and help to identify black spots, a key element for understanding the nature of accidents, prioritizing actions to reduce accidents and measuring progress.
From 2008, RCVIS will broaden its scope to include an injury surveillance system, which will collect data not only on road traffic injuries but also on other kinds of injuries such as falls, domestic accidents, violence and drowning. A pilot phase will be conducted in selected hospitals and provinces, with collaboration between Handicap International Belgium and Ministry of Health.
To read or download RCVIS reports please go to Library.