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JH-IIRU faculty member, Kavi Bhalla, along with associates from the Small Arms Survey and the South African Research Council, among others, published a paper in the November 2012 issue of Small Arms Survey. The article, “Tracking National Homicide Rates” analyzes the regional availability and quality of death registration data for estimating the national instance of homicides.

Because violent deaths make up a substantial proportion of global mortality and morbidity, the availability of high-quality homicide estimates from the health sector can aid the process of validating crime data. This kind of substantiated information carries significant importance when encouraging decision-makers to prioritize violence prevention in national health policy.

However, the quality of death registration data can vary substantially among countries, so it is important to test certain aspects of its quality. It is important for researchers to validate official statistics of reported crimes by comparing them with estimates calculated using alternate sources. The results of applying such quality tests to global death registration data are outlined in the Issue Brief.

To access the full article, click here: http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmin/docs/G-Issue-briefs/SAS-AVD-IB1-tracking-homicide.pdf

To learn more about the Small Arms Survey, a public source of information on small arms and armed violence from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, click here: http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/home.html


The JH-IIRU team recently returned from a busy week at Safety 2012, the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in New Zealand, and by all accounts, it was a rousing success.

From their involvement in pre-conference meetings to the numerous posters and presentations, the team, which included JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, associate directors Abdulgafoor M. Bachani and Kent Stevens, and research program coordinator, Jeffrey Lunnen, participated in nearly every aspect of the conference.

In total, the JH-IIRU team was well-represented with more than 20 abstracts accepted for oral and poster presentations, including JH-IIRU research program coordinator, Jeffrey C. Lunnen’s presentation on road traffic injuries (RTIs) in Guyana. Mr. Lunnen also participated in Distracted Driving: Mobile Phone Use While Driving in Three Mexican Cities presentation with colleagues from the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP) during the Transport, Distraction and Fatigue session.

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JH-IIRU research program coordinator, Jeffrey C. Lunnen, giving his oral presentation on RTIs in Guyana.

The unit’s monitoring and evaluation efforts with the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS-10) project was featured prominently during the conference. Dr. Bachani’s session on the first two years of the project, which was chaired by Dr. Etienne Krug of the World Health Organization (WHO), was attended by more than 100 conference participants. Dr. Manjul Joshipura from WHO and Dr. Ian Hughes, from the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) presented findings as well.

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JH-IIRU associate director, Abdulgafoor M. Bachani presenting data during the workshop, “Evaluating Road Safety Interventions: Lessons Learnt from the First Two Years of A Multi-Country Approach”

Dr. Stevens led a well-attended workshop on trauma care in low- and middle-income countries, which also included presentations from Dr. Joshipura and Dr. Junaid Razzak from Aga Khan University.

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JH-IIRU associate director, Kent Stevens leading the workshop “Developing, Implementing and Evaluating Trauma Care Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”

JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, was busy as well. In addition to being a keynote speaker, Dr. Hyder chaired several sessions, including one on transportation, legislation and policy, which included a presentation by Dr. Bachani.

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JH-IIRU Director, Adnan A. Hyder, chairing the concurrent session on Transportation, Legislation and Policy.

Additionally, Dr. Amber Mehmood, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health postdoctoral fellow working on trauma care for the JHU-Pakistan Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (JHU-Pakistan ICTIRT), was awarded best presentation for her abstract, Pilot Testing of Trauma Registry in a Single Tertiary Care Hospital of Pakistan: Results from Initial Data Analysis.

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Amber Mehmood receiving her award for best presentation.

Overall, the JH-IIRU team felt the conference was informative and worthwhile, with an impressive interest in the unit’s injury prevention work.

Safety 2012 World Conference on Injury Prevention is a biennial meeting that brings together world leaders in scientists, researchers and academics from all over the world in an effort to strengthen the field of injury prevention and safety promotion.

Additional information on abstracts will be available here:

http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/18/Suppl_1.cover-expansion

For more information about the International Injury Research Unit, please contact IIRU@jhsph.edu.

This week marks the opening of Safety 2012, the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in New Zealand, but JH-IIRU team members have been busy participating in several pre-conference meetings.

On September 29, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, participated in a workshop aimed at training journalists in health and scientific reporting. Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the panel discussion Dr. Hyder participated in --along with Etienne Krug from WHO--focused mainly on the use of data in reporting and the challenges this presents to journalists.

Dr. Hyder also participated in the Safekids Global Summit on September 30th, where he presented on the critical role of utilizing data to address childhood unintentional injuries.??

On October 1, JH-IIRU associate director, Kent Stevens, presented a session at the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) Regional Workshop on trauma care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and Dr. Hyder, presented on capacity development for RTIs.

There’s more to come from the conference, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitterto keep up with the latest JH-IIRU news out of New Zealand this week!

Safety 2012 World Conference on Injury Prevention is a biennial meeting that brings together world leaders in scientists, researchers and academics from all over the world in an effort to strengthen the field of injury prevention and safety promotion.

JH-IIRU team members, including director Adnan Hyder, associate directors Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, Kent Stevens, Leon Robertson Faculty Development Chair Kavi Bhalla and research program coordinator Jeffrey Lunnen, will be traveling to New Zealand for the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.  This biennial meeting will bring together the leading scientists, researchers and academics from all over the world in an effort to strengthen the field of injury prevention and safety promotion.

The JH-IIRU team will be busy this year, both before and during the conference. JH-IIRU had more than 20 abstracts accepted, for oral and poster presentations, and Drs. Bachani and Stevens will host workshops, one on evaluating road safety interventions and the other on trauma care systems in low- and middle-income countries, respectively. 

In addition, our colleagues at the Road Traffic Injury Research Network (RTIRN) will be hosting a workshop on road safety interventions from September 30th – October 1. For additional information, click here:
http://www.conference.co.nz/files/docs/safety12/rtirn/rtirn%20flyer.pdf

Check in with the team on Facebook (
https://www.facebook.com/JohnsHopkinsInternationalInjuryResearchUnit) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HopkinsINJURIES) this week for updates and news from the conference.

For more information on sessions, click here:

For more information about the International Injury Research Unit, please contact IIRU@jhsph.edu.

For more information about Safety 2012, please visit the conference website
http://www.conference.co.nz/worldsafety2012

Please join the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) as we congratulate our director, Adnan A. Hyder, on his promotion to full professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Hyder has been a leader in injury research for more than 20 years. He is well-known for his work on burden of disease and injury measures, for developing the healthy life year indicator, and building on the health systems approach to injury prevention and control in developing countries.

In 2010, under Hyder’s leadership, JH-IIRU joined the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program, a $125 million effort to reverse global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes.  Dubbed the
Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS-10), JH-IIRU is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the road safety interventions in all 10 countries, as well as the development of training materials for health care workers. That same year, Hyder and the IIRU team received the status of World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention designation. JH-IIRU is only the third collaborating center in the United States to focus on injury prevention, and joins a network of more than 800 WHO Collaborating Centers in more than 80 countries. Recently, the JH-IIRU published a special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention which highlights new and aggregate data collected and analyzed in the 10 participating countries during the first two years of the RS-10 project.

Dr. Hyder is the current Chairman of the global Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (
www.rtirn.net) and a member of the International Organizing Committee of the World Conferences on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. He was the former President of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, Research Ambassador for the Paul Roger’s Society for Global Health, and recipient of both the IRTE/Prince Michael Award for Road Safety and the American Public Health Association-International Health Section Career Awards. Dr. Hyder received his MD from Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In addition to leading the JH-IIRU, Dr. Hyder is the Deputy Director of the Health Systems Program and an Associate Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

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