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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

A World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention

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Keyword: burden of injury

According to the World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability, more than one billion people live with disabilities worldwide, the majority of whom reside in low- and middle-income countries. A significant percentage of those disabilities are caused by injuries, many of which are the result of road traffic crashes, falls, burns and acts of violence.

In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed 3 December of each year as International Day of Disabled Persons with the aim of promoting a better understanding about disability issues and increasing awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social economic and cultural life.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) understands that the growing burden of disability significantly affects the health and social impact of communities around the world. JH-IIRU is dedicated to identifying effective solutions to the burden of injuries and the resulting disabilities in low- and middle-income populations, influencing public policy and practice, and advancing the field of injury prevention throughout the world.

That is why JH-IIRU supports the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and believes the one billion people worldwide living with disabilities have the right to participate fully in their societies.

To find out more about the International Day of Disabled Persons, click here:

For more disability-related information:

Injury patterns in long-term refugee populations: a survey of Afghan refugees

Unintentional injuries: magnitude, prevention, and control

MENTOR-VIP: Piloting a global mentoring program for injury and violence prevention

Patterns of pediatric injury in South Africa: an analysis of hospital data between 1997 and 2006

The Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is delighted to welcome Dr. Kavi Bhalla as the newest Assistant Professor and Leon Robertson Faculty Development Chair. With this appointment, the Department of International Health will continue to strengthen our commitment to injury prevention, as Dr. Bhalla will be an integral member of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention.

As a research scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Bhalla brings to the Bloomberg School a solid background in injury epidemiology and burden of injury estimation in information-poor settings. He co-leads the injury expert group of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 project. Dr Bhalla obtained his bachelor of technology in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, and in 2001, he received a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in New York.  From 2001-2004, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics where his work focused on the biomechanics of injuries in car-pedestrian crashes.

Dr. Bhalla’s research interests are closely aligned with JH-IIRU, and include the health impact of transportation policies, with a focus on prevention of road traffic injuries in developing countries. His experience in international road safety, burden of disease analysis, and injury biomechanics will be an asset not only to the Health Systems program, in which JH-IIRU resides, but also to the entire department.

The Leon Robertson chair was endowed to support the career development of an assistant or associate professor in the Department of International Health whose principal focus relates to the field of injury prevention by providing substantial funding for a period of three years, after which a new recipient will be identified.

K Bhalla
Dr. Kavi Bhalla

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