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Date: Nov 2013

Recently, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder and associate director, Kent Stevens, were invited to participate in surgical Grand Rounds at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center.

While there, Dr. Stevens presented on care of the injured patient in the developing world, focusing on the Unit’s trauma care efforts in Kenya as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program.

There are four specific aims of the trauma care efforts in Kenya, 1) to understand and evaluate the transport systems in the country (both formal and informal); 2) to evaluate the existing emergency response system; 3) to explore the triage capabilities of participating hospitals/healthcare facilities;  and 4) to evaluate hospitals’ resources and infrastructure available for the injured patient.

In order to accomplish these goals, it is important to have multi-sector engagement including hospital administrators, practitioners and clinicians as well as the local and national governments and Ministries of Health. It’s equally important, Dr. Stevens said, to focus efforts on areas that will have the most impact.  

In order to be most effective, the Unit’s trauma care efforts are focusing training of both pre-hospital and in-hospital trauma care providers while also developing and implementing trauma registries,  and working to develop a dependable EMS communications system. The Unit is also advocating for increased stakeholder engagement in order to strengthen trauma care legislation in the country. Dr. Stevens is also developing a Trauma Care Quality Improvement Program and is o recommending continuing the trauma care evaluation using the Trauma Care System Profile (TSP) tool.

Improving the care of the injured patient in Kenya must be a multi-step approach that involves numerous organizations working in the country in an ongoing effort to ensure longevity of the program.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a worldwide acknowledgement of the 1.3 million people killed annually by road traffic crashes and a call for action to address this global epidemic.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) offers its deepest sympathies to those most affected by road traffic crashes—not only those who have lost their lives, but to the 20-50 million who are severely or permanently injured as a result of road collisions—and we reassert our commitment to reducing the number of needless injuries and deaths on the world’s roads.

JH-IIRU is currently working with a consortium of partners on the Global Road Safety Program, a five-year initiative that draws on support from Bloomberg Philanthropies to implement road safety solutions where they are needed most. While there is still much work to be done, JH-IIRU is dedicated to the Global Road Safety Program and proud to join with global partners in this effort.

In addition, JH-IIRU is working with partners in low and middle income countries – such as Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda – to help build capacity and develop data systems to address the growing burden of road injuries. Through research, training and partnerships, JH-IIRU hopes fewer and fewer people around the world will become victims of road traffic injuries.

For more information on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, visit the website: http://www.worlddayofremembrance.org/

For more information on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program, visit us at: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-international-injury-research-unit/research/global-road-safety/

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to offer a free, online certificate training program, Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP).

This comprehensive program is comprised of seven multimedia educational modules, covering a wide range of topics, from the basics of road traffic injury prevention to setting up injury surveillance systems, evaluating road safety interventions and influencing policy on road traffic injuries (RTIs). The lectures are taught by a variety of instructors, including JH-IIRU faculty as well as experts in the field of injury prevention control and trauma care from around the world.

The program is free of cost and open to policy makers, researchers, educators and anyone in the general public interested in learning more about RTIs. To date, more than 400 people have enrolled from nearly 80 different countries with close to 30 certificates issued.

We do not offer academic credit, but do provide a certificate for completing course modules.

To find out more, visit our website: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-international-injury-research-unit/training/courses-in-injury-prevention/free-online-training/

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