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On June 1-2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) organized its first workshop as part of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program (JHU-Hanoi-TRIP). The workshop focused on injury prevention and was held in collaboration with Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH). More than 20 people from various universities, institutes, and hospitals attended the workshop held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The objectives of the workshop were to: Demonstrate basic knowledge of the incidence, etiology and impact of trauma and injuries on individuals and society; identify basic methods for key research around trauma and injury; and identify data sources, primary data collection and data management for trauma and injuries. 

Dr. Abdul Bachani, associate director of JH-IIRU, attended the workshop remotely. Dr. Bachani opened the workshop by providing an overview of the frameworks and principles of injury prevention. He also discussed data sources for trauma and injuries alongside Dr. Cuong Pham, director of the Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) at HSPH. Next, JH-IIRU assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, presented on the role of data in identifying the burden of injuries.

On the second day of the workshop, participants and facilitators took part in a field exercise where they collected observational data on helmet use. After the exercise, Dr. Li led a session on data management where participants were able to use the data they collected from the field.

Read more about the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program here.

Workshop with Hanoi School of Public Health

Dr. Qingfeng Li with HSPH faculty and workshop participants 

On March 9-10, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, traveled to Dubai to attend the third Lancet NCDI Poverty meeting. The meeting was attended by 15 Commission members.

The meeting focused on a section-by-section review of the outline, draft text, working papers, and other inputs for the Commission report. The meeting also provided time for the Commission members to discuss messages and recommendations, analysis of report data and evidence, and delegation of report section authors. Lastly, Commissioners discussed the writing and editorial process and established working group and individual writing responsibilities.

On the second day of the meeting, the Commission members visited the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. In the afternoon, Dr. Hyder led a plenary discussion of key messages and recommendations for two sections of the report. The report is expected to be published in early 2018.

The next Lancet Commission meeting is planned for June 2017.

Read more about the Lancet Commission here.

Lancet NCDI Poverty Meeting in Dubai

Members of the global Commission at the third Lancet NCDI Poverty meeting

Recently, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) was awarded a five-year grant on injury training in Vietnam from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will build on existing work between Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), USA and Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH), Vietnam – each with a great commitment to understanding the public health impact of trauma and injuries, experience and expertise in research, and a history of collaborative work. 

The D43 grant was awarded to JH-IIRU associate director, Dr. Abdulgafoor Bachani and JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, who will serve as the principal investigators of this training program. Dr. Cuong Pham, director of the Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) at HSPH, will serve as the senior foreign investigator and co-investigator. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 5 million people die globally each year from trauma, injuries and violence; with a disproportionate burden in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In Vietnam as well as the Southeast Asia region, local capacity for research on trauma and injuries is lacking. The absence of comprehensive training programs in the science of trauma and injury prevention and the lifelong social and economic impact within the larger public health sector in Vietnam is a serious impediment to analytic work in this field. In addition, the lack of objective national data on the health of individuals, the socio-economic welfare of households, and the Vietnamese society does not allow the magnitude of the burden to be appreciated. 

The grant will address both of these barriers through a collaborative program which will train human resources in Vietnam to generate the data and apply it for concerted action to reduce the growing burden of trauma and injuries. 

The overall goal of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program in Vietnam (JHU-Hanoi TRIP) is to strengthen research capacity on injury and trauma in Vietnam, as well as their long term health, economic and societal consequences through an innovative model of sustainable capacity development. The objectives of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program in Vietnam include: to implement a capacity development model to address a major gap in injury and trauma research, a leading health burden in Vietnam and establish mechanisms to ensure long term sustainability for a strong research enterprise in Vietnam; to use the expertise developed at HSPH in teaching public health to strengthen research capacity in Southeast Asia; and to further strengthen the existing injury center at HSPH to support such research.

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Vietnam Collaborators

JH-IIRU faculty visit collaborators at Hanoi University of Public Health

Recently, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) was awarded a D43 grant on trauma and injury research training in Afghanistan and Pakistan from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will build on previous Johns Hopkins-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training (JHU-Pak-ICTIRT) programs running since 2005. The purpose of these previous grants was to develop trauma and injury research capacity at Aga Khan University (AKU) and then Khyber Medical University (KMU) in Pakistan through a combination of strategies. The focus was on injury research training through long-term (master’s) and short-term (workshops) training at AKU.  

The Johns Hopkins-Afghanistan-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (JHU-AfPak ICTIRT) will be based on a partnership of institutions – JHU, AKU, and Aga Khan University Programs in Afghanistan (AKU-PA) – each with a great commitment to trauma and injury research.

The five-year grant is led by three principal investigators – Professors Adnan Hyder (director JH-IIRU), and Junaid Razzak (emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and senior technical advisor of JH-IIRU) from USA and Dr. Nadeem Ullah Khan (Associate Professor Emergency Medicine at AKU). Dr. Parvez Nayani (director of Academic Projects Afghanistan at AKU) will serve as the senior foreign investigator.

The grant will focus on using US expertise to further strengthen Pakistani institutions for doctoral training, enhance injury research capacity in Afghanistan, promote a sustainable research enterprise in western Asia, and enable regional dissemination of research evidence to influence policy and investments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The main objectives of the Johns Hopkins-Afghanistan-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (JHU-AfPak ICTIRT) include: the development of a core group of researchers focused on trauma and injuries for Afghanistan; to help develop doctoral training programs in injury research; and to promote research around key regional priorities for trauma and injuries.

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JH-IIRU Director meets with Dean of AKU
JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, meets with Dean Abbas at AKU

On September 28-30, 2016, JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, traveled to Kigali, Rwanda to attend the second Lancet NCDI Poverty meeting. The meeting was attended by 14 global Commissioners either in-person or by teleconference and featured representation from 11 countries including Haiti, Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and more.

The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the goals, progress, timeline and deliverables of the global Commission.

Honorable Minister Patrick Ndimubanzi opened the meeting, followed by Commission Co-Chair, Dr. Gene Bukhman who discussed progress and the upcoming timeline for the report. Shortly after, Dr. Adnan Hyder shared updates from the injury burden and intervention work being done at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.  

On the second day of the meeting, the Commission visited several sites including the Butaro Hospital and Cancer Center of Excellence, the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and Kibungo Hospital. Commissioners also interviewed with leaders of innovative NCDI policies and programs at the national, district and community levels. 

Dr. Hyder at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali

Dr. Hyder with commissioners and community health workers at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali 

The third day of the meeting consisted of roundtable discussions, brainstorming sessions and various presentations. The day concluded with closing remarks from Dr. Jean Pierre Nyemazi, the Permanent Secretary of Health of the Republic of Rwanda. 

The next Lancet Commission meeting is planned for March 2017. 

Lancet Commission

Members of the global Commission in Rwanda

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