Model & Strategy
Globally, 1.25 million people are killed each year in road crashes. 90% of these fatalities occur in the developing world with India leading the global death toll with 150,000 deaths each year. SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to improving road safety and access to emergency medical care across India and the developing world. SLF connects research, advocacy, communication and execution (RACE) to operate at the intersection of policy making and grassroots implementation for crash prevention as well as post-crash response. Over the past few years, SLF has facilitated the enactment of key legislations in India such as the Good Samaritan Law, adopted one of India’s deadliest highways to transform it into a zero-fatality corridor, trained thousand of Police officers and volunteers in life-saving techniques and built award-winning technology to connect and assist stakeholders including bereaved families from extremely poor backgrounds.
Piyush Tewari, founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation, is a tri-sector leader with 15 years of experiencing in building and scaling government, corporate, and social enterprises. Piyush founded SLF in 2008 to pursue road safety as a mission following the road-crash death of a young cousin returning from school. Prior to establishing SLF, Piyush served as the Managing Director (India) of the Calibrated Group, a US-based private equity firm, where he built several portfolio companies for the group. Over the last several years Piyush has led SLF to significant policy and on-ground successes and has consequently been named an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Rolex Laureate. His efforts have been featured extensively by global media including NY Times, Time, BBC and National Geographic. In 2016, GQ magazine named him as one of India’s 50 most influential people.
In 2016, SLF secured a legally binding nationwide policy for legal protection of Good Samaritans who assist the injured. This step is expected to save over 75,000 lives annually by enabling faster bystander response for injured victims.
In 2015, SLF first convinced and then assisted the Government of India in drafting and introducing a comprehensive national road safety law in the Parliament expected to completely overhaul the road safety standards in India.
In 2014, SLF secured a ban on trucks from carrying protruding rods, expected to save over 9,000 lives annually.
To date, over 10,000 SLF trained police first-responders have rushed hundreds of thousands of injured victims to hospitals in the Indian states of Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
SLF has achieved 30% reduction in road crash deaths in Delhi between 2010 and 2015 through this program.
SaveLIFE Foundation News
Putting the Brakes on India's Huge Traffic FatalitiesStung by a cousin’s death, Piyush Tewari, founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation, is leading reforms to improve emergency medical aid to accident victims in…Nov 2016
Campaigning to Make India’s Roads SaferNine years ago, Piyush Tewari was managing operations in India for a Los Angeles-based private equity firm when tragedy struck his family. While returning home…Jun 2016
Saving Lives on the Dangerous Roads of IndiaA tragedy spurred Piyush Tewari, founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation, to examine road-accident deaths in India. What he found was shocking: the country has…Sep 2015