The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) is pleased to announce that associate director, Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, is a 2012 Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health faculty pilot grant recipient.

The grant, entitled, “Understanding the long-term health, social, and economic impact of injuries: A pilot study using e-Health technologies in Malaysia” seeks to develop novel methods to understanding the immediate and long-term health, social, and economic impact of injuries. The project, which includes JH-IIRU colleagues, associate director Kent Stevens and senior technical advisor, David Bishai, as well as collaborators from Perdana University and Universiti Putra Malaysia, has three specific objectives.

First, the project seeks to develop and pilot-test a electronic e-tool to examine the long-term health (prevalence, severity and duration of disability), social, and economic impact of traumatic non-fatal injuries; second, researchers aim to develop and implement an e-data collection and monitoring module using the new tool for capturing traumatic injuries and following individuals over time, for use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); and finally, the study will document the burden of traumatic non-fatal injuries in Kajang, Malaysia.

Findings from the proposed work will lead to the development of a multi-country pilot of the newly developed methods in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

According to the Center for Global Health, the primary purpose of the Faculty Grants is to strengthen the winners' abilities to secure extramural funding. This year, twenty-five applicants competed for the grants, and eight faculty members received awards to enable and support their proposed global health research projects. 

This is the sixth year the Center for Global Health has offered the grant program. All funded projects relate to some aspect of global health.