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Africa mounts work safety campaign

afrol News, 12 May - In global terms, almost one fatal accident in five (18%) occurs in Africa. Yet the continent accounts for only 2% of jobs worldwide, enough proofs that a major prevention campaign needs to be launched in the continent.

In collaboration with the International Labour Organisation and the Inter-African Association for the Prevention of Occupational Risks, the International Social Security Association has launched a campaign geared towards creating a culture of preventing work-related accidents in the continent.

The watershed campaign involved social security services personnel from eight African countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

The aim is to lay the foundations in Africa of a genuine culture of prevention of work-related risks. As the organisers of the campaign point out, “raising awareness of the risks of accidents and industrial illnesses is at present lacking. The very idea that it could be possible to prevent them is far from widespread, including among the working population”.

If you’d like to know more, you can read or listen to the online information posted by Destination Santé during the recent World Day for Health and Safety at Work.


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