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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. 


The executive director of the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Dr. Abdul Ghaffar, visited the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit on August 15, 2011.

Dr. Ghaffar has worked for more than 25 years in low and middle-income countries managing research for health systems, and teaching health policy and management. He earned his PhD in international health from Johns Hopkins, and his interest is to trigger a global movement to use evidence for improved policy and management decisions at the country level.

Members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit were pleased to meet with Dr. Ghaffar and discuss potential collaborations.

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Dr. Abdul Ghaffar, executive director of the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit congratulates two of its affiliated faculty members on their recent research accomplishments.

Dr. Alain Labrique, an assistant professor with the Department of International Health and the Department of Epidemiology, recently co-authored a paper entitled, “Epidemiology of tornado destruction in rural northern Bangladesh: risk factors for death and injury." Likely the first study to investigate the risk factors for tornado-related injuries in South Asia, the results indicate that further analysis is needed to develop injury prevention strategies. There is also a clear need to address the disparities in risk among various groups such as the elderly. For more information about this research, please click here.

Dr. Hafizur Rahman, an assistant scientist with the Department of International Health, recently co-authored a paper entitled, "Assessment of Lithuanian trauma care service using a conceptual framework for assessing the performance of health system.” Injuries are the number one public health problem in Lithuania. According to the study, the Lithuanian trauma sector does not do enough to reduce the burden of injuries in the country. Lack of adequate funding, leadership and policy, the authors suggest, requires a significant change. For more information about this research, please click here.

The Unit applauds both studies for making important strides in the area of injury research.

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