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On March 17-18, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, participated in the 24th Meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). JH-IIRU is a member of the UNRSC since inception. More than 90 people from about 70 organizations attended the meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The meeting had five main objectives: to discuss the implementation of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions; to discuss activities required to meet the road safety related sustainable development goals; to update the UNRSC terms of reference; to discuss current and future activities of the UNRSC project groups and to review membership requests and provide updates on UNRSC partner activities.

The meeting consisted of several sessions, including Safer Road Users, Post-Crash Response and the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Decade of Action. During the Safer Road Users session, Dr. Li presented a snapshot of the latest Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) monitoring and evaluation findings for Shanghai, China. Dr. Li also served as co-chair of the session, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Decade of Action, alongside Dr. Margie Peden of the World Health Organization. Dr. Peden discussed voluntary road safety targets, the Save LIVES package and recent trends in global road traffic fatalities.

Read more about the meeting.

Qingfeng UNRSC Meeting

Dr. Qingfeng Li presents the latest BIGRS findings for Shanghai

Get Involved in the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from May 8-14, 2017. The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

You can get involved in UN Global Road Safety Week by helping the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) draw attention to speed. To bring awareness to this key risk factor, JH-IIRU will launch a photo contest between April 12-May 3, 2017. For this contest, we want you to send us photos that capture speed enforcement initiatives. Photos could depict features that reduce speed, speed enforcement or education about the dangers of speeding.


First prize: Apple iPad

Second prize: $100 Amazon gift card

How to Enter:

Submit no more than three photographs owned or taken by you between April 12 -May 3, 2017. We will not accept entries after May 3. To enter, first email your original photos (image size must be at least 1600x1200 pixels, JPEG format) to Please include your name, where the photo was taken and a breif caption. Next, tweet your photos, tag @HopkinsINJURIES and use "#JHIIRUSpeed." Specify where the photo was taken and provide a brief caption. You can enter all three photos in one tweet, or post the photos in separate tweets.


Open to all with the exception of faculty, staff and students associated with JH-IIRU.

Please note that prizes will only be awarded if there are at least three photographs submitted by at least two individuals.


Official Rules:

These rules govern your participation in the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit photo contest. Participation in the contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules:

Contest Information:

The contest is sponsored and run by the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit at the Department of International Health of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

All entries must be received by May 3, 2017 to qualify for consideration. Entries must be submitted via email and Twitter. The tweet must tag @HopkinsInjuries and use "#JHIIRUSpeed."

Photos below the minimum resolution, collages, digitally altered photos, and/or photos without completed captions are not eligible for consideration.

Photos will be judged on the basis of content (relevance to category) and quality (e.g. lighting, composition, focus) by an independent panel of judges for prizes. All voting decisions are final. JH-IIRU reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is, in JH-IIRU discretion, inappropriate, offensive or demeaning to the Unit’s reputation or goodwill, or contrary to the Unit’s mission or these rules. JH-IIRU reserves the right to not select a winner if all submitted photo entries do not meet the overall expectations of the contest. Entries that violate copyright or the laws of the country in which they were taken are not acceptable.

The two winning photos will be announced at a JH-IIRU live seminar on May 8, 2017. The winners will also be notified via email. Make sure to follow @HopkinsInjuries on Twitter for contest updates!

Use of Photos:

By submitting a photo as part of the contest, you agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license for full and unrestricted use of that photo to JH-IIRU. JH-IIRU reserves the right to evaluate each entry’s eligibility under the rules as well as for compliance with the US Copyright Act and any and all other applicable laws. By submitting an entry, you are representing and warranting that the subject in your entry is authorized to be photographed and included on the JH-IIRU website and in publications promoting the Unit and its mission.

Contest participants understand that when the contest is over, their entries may be selected for inclusion in the JH-IIRU photograph collection and may be used for educational or promotional purposes. JH-IIRU reserves the right to crop your photograph for editorial purposes.

By entering the contest, the participant grants JH-IIRU a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to use such photographs on its website, publicity and other works as may be necessary to meet the requirements of JH-IIRU, and to do so without requiring JH-IIRU to notify the participant, seek the participant’s permission, or owe any form of compensation to the participant. This agreement will apply to all photographs and other submissions supplied to JH-IIRU by the participant and shall remain in effect until cancelled in writing by either party or superseded by a subsequent agreement. The participant understands that these images will provide useful information related to people, their living conditions, and their health, and that requests to use the photos will be carefully screened for appropriate and respectful objectives.

road speed sign

Congratulations to Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, who was recently awarded an Education Innovation Award from the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Education Innovation Award was created within the Department of International Health to encourage the development of new and innovative methods of teaching.

Dr. Li will receive funding to help develop modifications to the course Evaluation of Safety Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. His proposal includes the integration of case studies into the course, recording new sessions, and building a systems approach into the syllabus. He will also modify the course to make it available as part of the department’s Health Systems summer institute in 2018.

To read more about the award, please click here.

Dr. Qingfeng Li

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.

To read more, please click here.

Vietnam Collaborators

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

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

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