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On January 29-February 2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members, including Adnan Hyder, director of JH-IIRU; Olakunle Alonge, assistant scientist; and Priyanka Agrawal, postdoctoral fellow, traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh project. 

SoLiD Presentation

JH-IIRU meets with CIPRB and icddr, b to discuss the SoLiD project

While in Dhaka, JH-IIRU participated in individual and joint meetings with the Centre for Injury Prevention & Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b). The purpose of the meetings was to discuss special issue papers, review data analysis, and discuss existing data sets. The teams also brainstormed on long-term sustainability of the SoLiD interventions and exchanged ideas for future collaboration in injury prevention work in Bangladesh. 

SoLiD Collaborators

JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, with representatives from CIPRB and icddr, b

Recently, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Shivam Gupta, participated in a stakeholders meeting on road safety in Mumbai, India as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The event was hosted by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Bloomberg Philanthropies on Tuesday, January 18.

Over 70 people attended the one-day meeting, including international road safety experts and various stakeholders from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, the Mumbai traffic police and other agencies to reduce road crashes. Dr. Gupta presented the latest BIGRS monitoring and evaluation findings for Mumbai city, which showed low rates of helmet and seatbelt use. 

Dr. Gupta presents the latest findings for Mumabi city

Dr. Shivam Gupta presents the latest findings for Mumbai city

During the meeting, the road safety experts discussed strategies to reduce road crashes, created and presented a road and footpath design model, and suggested pedestrian friendly designs for the road.  

Mumbai Stakeholders Meeting

Meeting attendees pose for a group photo

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.

For more information, please click here.

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

On November 29-30, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty traveled to Doha, Qatar to attend the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016. Drs. Adnan Hyder (director), Kate Allen (Coordinator for Middle East), and Amber Mehmood (Coordinator for EMS) were part of the delegation. More than 1,000 global leaders, including government officials and healthcare experts attended the two-day Summit. 

The Summit had eight research forums, including accountable care, autism, behavioral insights, cardiovascular disease, genomics in the gulf region and Islamic ethics, healthy populations, investing in health, and precision medicine. JH-IIRU faculty participated in several sessions and met colleagues working in health systems, ethics and health management. 

WISH Qatar Panel

A panel discussion at WISH Qatar

While in Qatar, JH-IIRU faculty met with collaborators from Hamad Medical Corporation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss project updates for both Work-place-injury Unified Registry for Qatar (WURQ) and Young Kids in Safe Seats (Y-KISS). The team discussed current data collection activities, stakeholder engagement, training and challenges thus far. Lastly, the team discussed plans for the next year and potential proposals and publications. 

More information on the Summit can be found here.

Meeting with HMC in Qatar

JH-IIRU meets with collaborators from HMC

On November 14-18, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty attended the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada. The theme of the five-day symposium was "Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world." 

The Department of International Health was involved in over 30 sessions, including plenary, organized, oral, skills-building, satellite, poster and e-poster sessions. JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, moderated a thematic working group session titled, “The ethics of health systems research priority-setting” and participated in a panel session titled, “Blurring the lines: ethical considerations when research is embedded in policy and practice.” 

JH-IIRU faculty members were also involved in several sessions. Dr. Kate Allen, JH-IIRU Coordinator for Middle East, presented a poster titled, “Do researchers uphold principles of ethics in health systems research? - Empirical evidence from an online survey” and Dr. Olakunle Alonge, JH-IIRU Coordinator for Child Injuries, participated in a satellite session titled, “A massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research.” 

During the Health Systems Global annual general meeting, Dr. Adnan Hyder was formally introduced as a new member of the Health Systems Global Board.

The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will be held in Liverpool in 2018.

More information on the Symposium can be found here.

Poster at Health Systems Global

Drs. Adnan Hyder and Kate Allen present a poster at Health Systems Global

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