Africa has the worst rate of road traffic deaths in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organization.

The figures for Africa are 26.6 deaths per 100,000 population – that’s nearly three times the rate in Europe.

The report says many African and South American countries do not have sufficient speed limit laws.

Almost all African countries do not apply UN vehicle safety standards which require vehicles to have features that can prevent a crash – such as electronic stability control and advance braking.

The number of road traffic deaths continues to rise steadily, the reports.Botswana, Ivory Coast and Cameroon are countries where death rates have increased.

Africa also has the highest proportion of pedestrian and cyclist moralities.

In Ghana, almost half of those killed are pedestrians; in Ethiopia, and Kenya this is 37%. (Daily Monitor)