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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, are delighted to jointly offer the first regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course (rGRSLC) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from March 19-30, 2017. The course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. The course is delivered through diverse, experienced international faculty from the world’s leading innovative institutions and organizations, such as Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Bank and more.

The course will include, among others, modules on: Road safety management; safer roads and mobility; safer vehicles; safer road users; post-crash response; and advocating for road safety policy passage and implementation.

Key features of this program will include:

  • Active engagement among a wide variety of international participants from different settings and backgrounds, including government and civil society
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of road safety issues, irrespective of participants' positions in their organizations

More than 60 participants from 20 different countries will attend the two-week course. In addition to their coursework, the participants will travel to Malacca, the historic state of Malaysia, to visit the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). Participants will also attend various events throughout the course, including an opening reception and cultural night.

Read more about the Global Road Safety Leadership Course here

On October 31-November 11, 2016, 59 participants from 15 different countries traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the first Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC). The course is jointly offered by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

During the first week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: behavioral risk factors, systems thinking, sustainable transport, urban design in road safety, and policy and legislation. Participants also had the opportunity to get to know each other better during a cultural night at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where faculty, staff and participants had a wonderful evening sharing performances representing the 15 countries.

On November 5, the participants traveled to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies. The participants learned about designing safer, more sustainable streets and data driven solutions for road safety. The trip concluded with a walking tour around New York City to see road safety in action.

GRSLC visits Bloomberg Philanthropies

GRSLC participants visit Bloomberg Philanthropies (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies)

During the second week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: data sources for road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, economics for road safety, financing and funding for road safety, and introduction to advocacy. On November 9, participants traveled to Washington, DC to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

On November 11, the participants presented outcomes from their group projects. In the evening, participants traveled to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a certificate ceremony and reception. The ceremony and reception were attended by the Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Michael J. Klag; Department of International Health Chair, David Peters; and Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

For more information on the course, please click here.

GRSLC Certificate Ceremony

GRSLC participants with Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies 

On July 27-29, 2016, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team, including Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, and Assistant Scientists, Drs. Katharine Allen, Qingfeng Le, Shivam Gupta and Connie Hoe traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in a two-day global road safety experts meeting hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The meeting convened 125 road safety experts from 15 countries, including government officials, law enforcement professionals and others.

The objective of the conference was to address strategies to reduce road fatalities and injuries as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The meeting provided a host of workshops designed to establish and promote road injury prevention strategies. Additionally, training sessions were held that focused on law enforcement, communications to inform the public on safety, safer mobility and safer streets.

At the meeting, Dr. Hyder presented observational data collected by JH-IIRU for BIGRS which includes over 2.4 million road safety data points.

Bangkok Meeting

JH-IIRU meets with GRSP 

In addition, JH-IIRU and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) had the opportunity to present a preview of the new “Global Road Safety Leadership Course” (GRSLC). The course is going to be jointly offered by JH-IIRU and GRSP with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies this fall (Oct-Nov 2016). This two-week training program aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

Learn more about the meeting here.

 Bangkok 2

 JH-IIRU & GRSP present a preview of the GRSLC  

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, are delighted to jointly offer the new “Global Road Safety Leadership Course” (GRSLC). The two-week training program will take place this fall (Oct-Nov 2016) in Baltimore, Maryland. The course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. The GRSLC will include, among others, modules on the following topics:

  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post-crash response
  • Advocating for road safety policy passage and implementation

There will be over 60 course participants from more than 15 different countries. In addition to their coursework, the participants will travel to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Washington D.C. to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Key features of this program will include:

  • Active engagement among a wide variety of international participants from different settings and backgrounds, including government and civil society
  • Delivery of the program through a diverse, experienced international faculty who aim to challenge and inspire participants
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of road safety issues, irrespective of participants’ positions in their organizations
  • Certification from a leading university and global road safety set of partners

The goal of the course is to enhance effective leadership capacity to optimally address road safety in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in order to reduce deaths and serious injuries around the world. 

On Monday, August 26, Gayle DiPietro, Global Manager for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program at the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) visited JH-IIRU to discuss not only the progress of the road safety program, but the potential for future partnerships outside the consortium.

During her visit, Ms. DiPietro met with country managers to discuss the ongoing work in each of the participating countries, as well as future plans for the Global Road Safety Program. She also highlighted some of the participants of the Road Safety Grants Programme, which was initiated in 2012 as a way to help NGOs strengthen advocacy for improvements in road safety policy to reduce deaths and serious injuries as a result of road crashes.

At GRSP, Ms. DiPietro oversees the Partnership’s capacity building with Global Road Safety Program in-country stakeholders, particularly traffic police, in order to implement evidence-based road safety interventions. She manages the small-grants program as well, which is designed to support NGOs in advocacy work as well as shape advocacy efforts with selected Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies.

Find more information on GRSP here: http://www.grsproadsafety.org/

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