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Date: Mar 2014

This week, Dr. Jabeen Fayyaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is visiting the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU). During her stay, Dr. Fayyaz will share her experiences with colleagues at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and meet with key faculty in JH-IIRU, including director Adnan Hyder, and associate directors Abdulgafoor Bachani and Kent Stevens. She will also spend time observing the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to see how the department functions in order to enhance growth and development in the Aga Khan Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Fayyaz will also meet with the Center for Teaching and learning (CTL) at the Bloomberg School in order to enhance training activities at AKU.  

Currently, Dr. Fayyaz is working towards a master’s in health from AKUH and participating in a faculty development program on blended learning, through which she developed a pediatric emergency care course. She has also been involved in training health care professionals at various levels in pediatric emergency medicine in cities in Pakistan, as well as training in neonatal resuscitation and early newborn care at the Ministry of the Interior in Sindh.

On March 27, Dr. Fayyaz will present on her blended learning course on pediatric emergency care in Pakistan at 3:30 pm in room W2008 at the Bloomberg School. All are welcome.

Dr. Fayyaz is part of the Fogarty JHU-PAK ICTIRT Program. The JHU-Pakistan ICTIRT Program is a partnership between the Bloomberg School and AKU, supported by a grant from the John E. Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes for Health, Department of Health and Human Services. The Fogarty Center's mission is to address the growing burden of morbidity and mortality in the developing world due to trauma and injury.

The most recent issue of the Lancet features a tribute to International Health co-founder, professor Timothy Baker, who passed away on December 17, 2013.

In 1942, Dr. Baker entered Johns Hopkins University to study chemical engineering, but a stint at the US Air Force Base hospital during World War II changed his mind, and once the war was over, completed his biology degree at Hopkins. He then went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Maryland in 1952, then a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public health two years later.  

From there, Dr. Baker pursued advanced medical training at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London and at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center, completed his residency at the New York Department of Public Health, worked as a district health officer in New York's Syracuse district, fought malaria in India and Ceylon, was an assistant chief of the Health Division for the U.S. Technical Cooperation Mission (which became the U.S. Agency for International Development) and played a key role in persuading Indian government officials to increase spending on the malaria eradication campaign.

In 1959, Baker was appointed assistant dean of what is now the Bloomberg School of Public Health and associate professor of public health administration. In 1961, he co-founded the Department of International Health with Dean Ernest L. Stebbins and continued to build the first-of-its kind academic department with chair Carl E. Taylor and professor William Reinke.

A pioneer in disease and injury burden, Dr. Baker was among the first to recognize the importance of injury as a cause of disability, especially in low income countries. Dr. Baker was the founding director of the JHSPH Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which trained senior foreign health professionals and in 1993, he was recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the American Public Health Association.

His career spanned 50 years and included work in more than 40 countries. Said JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, [Dr. Baker’s death is] “an incredible loss for our program, the department, and the school to start; but really the entire global health community.”

Access the full tribute here.

Read the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health tribute here.

Access Dr. Baker’s obituary in the Baltimore Sun here.

On March 10 & 11, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, including director, Adnan Hyder and assistant scientist, Shivam Gupta, participated in “Capacity Development for Health Policy and Systems Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” held at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Maryland.

The goal of the workshop was to explore the current state of capacity development, including methods and metrics, for health policy and systems research (HPSR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in order to determine innovative models for sustainable capacity development in the future. Examples of capacity development and approaches and methods for build capacity for HPSR were explored as well.

The workshop was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Health Systems Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Additional participants included both current Health Systems faculty members as well as alumni of the program, Dr. Nhan Tran and Dr. Abdul Ghaffar. Faculty from the American University of Beirut, members of WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the director of the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) were also participants. 

On March 5, 2014, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) will formally launch “Improving Trauma Care Systems to Reduce the Burden of Road Traffic Injuries in the Sultanate of Oman,” with a signing ceremony in Muscat.

The project will assess the trauma systems in order to improve hospital and pre-hospital care. The first stages of the project will engage members of the Omani government and The Research Council (TRC) as well as potential stakeholders and collaborators, such as the Ministry of Health and academic institutions such Sultan Qaboos University.

In February, JH-IIRU team members Amber Mehmood, Kent Stevens and Katharine Allen visited several hospitals, including the Royal Hospital, the Armed Forces Hospital, Khoula Hospital Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Sohaar Hospital and Nizwa Hospital for potential collaborations.

JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder will participate in the signing ceremony, which will also include H.E. Dr. Hilal Al Hinai, Secretary General of The Research Council; Dr. Saif Al Hiddabi, member of the steering committee of the national road safety program; and Dr. Talal Al Belushi, board member Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA)

Next steps for the project will include both quantitative and qualitative assessment of various components of trauma care in Oman, training workshops for clinical and research capacity building in trauma/injury prevention and pilot testing hospital based trauma registries.

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