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On October 31-November 11, 2016, 59 participants from 15 different countries traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the first Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC). The course is jointly offered by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

During the first week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: behavioral risk factors, systems thinking, sustainable transport, urban design in road safety, and policy and legislation. Participants also had the opportunity to get to know each other better during a cultural night at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where faculty, staff and participants had a wonderful evening sharing performances representing the 15 countries.

On November 5, the participants traveled to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies. The participants learned about designing safer, more sustainable streets and data driven solutions for road safety. The trip concluded with a walking tour around New York City to see road safety in action.

GRSLC visits Bloomberg Philanthropies

GRSLC participants visit Bloomberg Philanthropies (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies)

During the second week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: data sources for road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, economics for road safety, financing and funding for road safety, and introduction to advocacy. On November 9, participants traveled to Washington, DC to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

On November 11, the participants presented outcomes from their group projects. In the evening, participants traveled to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a certificate ceremony and reception. The ceremony and reception were attended by the Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Michael J. Klag; Department of International Health Chair, David Peters; and Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

For more information on the course, please click here.

GRSLC Certificate Ceremony

GRSLC participants with Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies 

On October 11-14, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Connie Hoe, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation. The workshop, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), was a part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and convened 29 lawyers and other professionals from government and civil society organizations in China, India, Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania and Viet Nam. The workshop utilized a mix of presentations, group work, and other interactive activities to expose participants to various road safety topics such as risk factors, media advocacy, policy change, and vehicle regulations.

During the workshop, Dr. Hoe presented on "political priority development," where she discussed the strategies, frameworks and tools advocates can use to get child safety onto the political agenda. 

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to identifying concrete ways to improve WHO's capacity development efforts for lawyers and journalists within the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.

To learn more about the workshop, please click here.

Road Safety Legislation Workshop

A presentation during the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation

On October 3-7, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Katharine Allen, traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to attend Road Safety Week 2016. The annual one-week event was organized by the Secretariat of Mobility in Bogotá. Key events of the week included workshops led by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), and the National Association of City Transport Officials (NACTO); meetings to discuss various road safety topics, including speed and safer streets; and a new drink driving mass media campaign jointly launched by the city of Bogotá and Vital Strategies.

During the week, Dr. Allen attended the two-day international seminar on road safety. The seminar featured several panel sessions including: road safety policies in cities, safe mobility systems for pedestrians and urgent road safety challenges. She also participated in the BIGRS partners’ meeting on October 5. During the meeting, the partners discussed upcoming speed reduction projects along selected roads in the city and future plans for 2017.

Most of the week, Dr. Allen focused on meeting with collaborators at the Universidad de Los Andes to discuss data collection activities to support the city and BIGRS partners. 

road safety week Bogota

BIGRS partners with Secretariat of Mobility in Bogotá

On October 3-7, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) welcomed three collaborators from the Johns Hopkins University - Institute of Public Health Mobile Health for Child Injury Prevention in Malaysia (JHU-IKU M-CHILD) and Health, Economic and Long-term Social Impact of Injuries (HEALS) Study. 

The collaborators included Dr. Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Yusoff, co-principal investigator of the HEALS study and co-investigator of the JHU-IKU M-CHILD program; Mohamad Naim Mohamad Rasidi, environmental health officer at IKU; and Wan Shakira Rodzlan Hasani, research nurse at IKU. During their visit, the collaborators met with JH-IIRU director Dr. Adnan Hyder, associate director Dr. Abdul Bachani, and faculty members and staff.  

Malaysia Collaborator Visit Group Photo

IIRU faculty with our collaborators from Malaysia. From Left to Right: Dr. Adnan Hyder, Wan Shakira                                                                                       Rodzlan Hasani, Mohamad Naim Mohamad Rasidi, Dr. Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Yusoff and Dr. Abdul Bachani 

The goal of the visit was to discuss updates, strengths and challenges of ongoing fieldwork for both projects, plan the next year of activities for the projects, and begin data management and analysis for the HEALS study.

At the end of their visit, the collaborators presented on “Understanding long-term consequences of non-fatal injuries in Malaysia.” 

JH-IIRU is currently working with the Institute of Public Health in Malaysia to strengthen mobile health capacity to assess risks and improve prevention of child injuries in Malaysia through an innovative model of sustainable capacity development. Specifically, this program aims to: develop a m-Health tool for home risk assessment and prevention of child injuries, a key national priority in Malaysia; pilot test the tool to evaluate data quality and user operability by families; and develop a core group of researchers focused on the use and integration of mobile health for research and training in public health in Malaysia.  

JH-IIRU is also working with the Institute of Public Health in Malaysia on the Health, Economic and Long-term Social Impact of Injuries (HEALS) Study. The purpose of this study is to develop an innovative tool and data collection approaches to assess the long-term social, economic, and health consequences of traumatic injuries in a LMIC setting.

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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