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Recently, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team, including research program coordinator, Jeffrey C. Lunnen and associated faculty, Aruna Chandran, collaborated with colleagues from the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and the Center for Health Sciences, University of Guadalajara to published, “The use of Seatbelts and Child Restraints in Three Mexican Cities.”

The study, part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10), aims to demonstrate the need for increased targeted interventions of these safety devices by assessing the prevalence of seatbelt and child restraint use in three cities: Guadalajara-Zapopan, León and Cuernavaca, two RS10 intervention sites and one control site, respectively. When worn properly, seatbelts have been shown to decrease the risk of fatality from a road traffic crash by 40-50% among front seat passengers and 25-75% in rear-seat passengers. Likewise, when child restraints are installed and used correctly, they have been shown to reduce death from road crashes by 70% in infants and 54-80% in small children.

“The Use of Seatbelt and Child Restraints in Three Mexican Cities,” has been published in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

Access the paper here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17457300.2012.754477?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed

Recently, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), including associate director, Aruna Chandran and research program coordinator, Jeffrey C. Lunnen,  contributed to “Distracted Driving: Mobile Phone use while Driving in Three Mexican Cities,” a paper published in Injury Prevention.

The study, possibly the first reporting the prevalence of mobile phone use while driving (MPUWD), was conducted as part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS-10) project by JH-IIRU colleagues from Centro de Investigación en Sistemas de Salud del, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, and Fundación Entornos, A.C and examinesd the prevalence of mobile phone talking and texting among drivers in three cities, Guadalajara-Zapopan, León and Cuernavaca. This publication represents the kind of collaborative effort that is a hallmark of the RS-10 project.

Currently, both Guadalajara-Zapopan and León have legislation prohibiting mobile phone use while driving (MPUWD), but it’s unclear how strict enforcement is.

To read the entire paper, click here:  http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2012/11/23/injuryprev-2012-040496.long#aff-2


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.

The “Expert Consultation on Motorcyclist Injury Prevention in the Americas” was held at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on 15-16 November 2011. The meeting was co-hosted by PAHO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Johns Hopkins University International Injury Research Unit (IIRU). Dr. Abdul Bachani, the associate director for training and capacity development, and Jeffrey Lunnen, research program coordinator, attended the meeting on behalf of the unit.

Experts from nine countries in the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela, attended the meeting to discuss the emerging issue of motorcycle-related injuries in the Americas. Participants from organizations such as EMBARQ, the Inter-American Development Bank, Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, and the Universidade de São Paulo analyzed current interventions from several sectors designed and implemented to address this issue. A draft document to summarize the group’s main recommendations is expected to be developed by PAHO. Upon the completion of the drafting of these recommendations, a policy brief and regional strategy will be developed. For more information please contact: Jlunnen@jhsph.edu.

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Participants at the two-day experts' meeting on motorcycle-related injuries in the Americas co-hosted by PAHO, WHO and IIRU.
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