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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.

In a recently published article, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and collaborators from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University (DEM-AKU) examine unintentional childhood home injuries in Karachi, Pakistan. JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder and AKU-DEM director, Junaid Razzak amongst other colleagues participated in this surveillance study.
The article, “Understanding Unintentional Childhood Home Injuries: Pilot Surveillance Data from Karachi, Pakistan,” which appears BMC Research Notes, analyzed results of a previous pilot surveillance study done on unintentional childhood injuries presenting to emergency departments in both public and private hospitals in Karachi. Their findings revealed that of the approximately 400 injuries that occurred in the home, falls made up the majority at 59%, followed by dog bites, burn injuries and road traffic injuries. Most of these injuries occurred during play time. Fifty-four percent of the children were between 5-11 years old and 41% were between 1-4 years old.
This kind of analysis not only helps to define the kinds of unintentional injuries that are most prominent among hospitals in a particular area, but also help researchers concentrate intervention and control strategies, such as defining and adhering to building standards for homes, controlling stray dogs and installing traffic calming measures in residential areas.
Like JH-IIRU, the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University (DEM-AKU) is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Emergency Medicine and this collaborative project represents collaborating centers working together to better understand the burden of injuries in low income countries.
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