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In June, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) welcomed three fellows from the NIH-Fogarty International Center-funded Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability in Uganda (JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD) program. During their visit, the fellows met with JH-IIRU faculty, took courses, worked with academic mentors on their MPH thesis proposals and participated in a site visit to the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. As part of their visit, on Friday, July 15, the three trainees presented their MPH thesis proposals.

Rebecca Nuwematsiko presented, “Injury patterns and risk factors among motorcycle passengers at Mulago Hospital-A cross sectional study.” Rebecca’s mentor was Assistant Scientist, Dr. Amber Mehmood.

Swaibu Zziwa presented, “Factors influencing utilization of physical rehabilitation services among injured patients in Mulago Hospital.” Swaibu’s mentor was Assistant Professor, Dr. Jacob Bentley.

Frederick Oporia presented, “Child safety in cars: Child restraint use and associated factors in Kampala, Uganda.” Frederick’s mentor was Assistant Scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li.

The JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD program aims to strengthen research capacity on the long-term health and economic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability across the lifespan in Uganda through an innovative model of sustainable capacity development. Learn more about the program here.

Rebecca Nuwematsiko, Chronic TRIAD fellow, presents her thesis proposal

Rebecca Nuwematsiko, Chronic TRIAD fellow, presents her thesis proposal

Recently, Dr. Lynn Atuyambe, Assistant Professor at Makerere University School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences visited JH-IIRU.  

While visiting Hopkins, Dr. Atuyambe met with JH-IIRU team members, supervised the Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (TRIAD) fellows and worked on publications. As part of the visit, Dr. Atuyambe presented, “The Readiness of Health Facilities to Provide Adolescent Friendly Reproductive Health Services in Rural and Urban Uganda.” During his presentation, Dr. Atuyambe discussed the adolescent situation in Uganda and explained the many hindrances young people in Wakiso face in accessing health services.

Dr. Atuyambe said the partnership between Makerere University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is extremely helpful. “JHSPH is one of the longest collaborating institutions with Makerere University. The universities perform quality research together,” said Dr. Atuyambe.

When asked about the NIH-funded trainees, Dr. Atuyambe said, “The fellows are always excited to come to JHU, the leader in global health. I am looking forward to having many fellows and having a mass of trained individuals in Uganda.” Dr. Atuyambe said he looks forward to continuing to collaborate with JHU so together we can improve global health.

Dr. Atuyambe obtained his doctorate from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He teaches both undergraduate medical students and postgraduates and supervises Master of Public Health students. Dr. Atuyambe’s recent publications have focused on adolescent reproductive health, coping theories among pregnant adolescents, HIV/AIDS, ART access and fairness, stigma and discrimination and HIV disclosure outcomes.

Dr. Atuyambe

Dr. Atuyambe discusses improving adolescent health and development in Uganda

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) was recently awarded a grant from the NIH Fogarty International Center as part of the Fogarty Global Health Research and Research Training eCapacity Initiative.  The Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Electronic Trauma, Injuries and Disability (JHU-MU E-TRIAD) in Uganda will build on the partnership for research and capacity development established between the Johns Hopkins University and Makerere University to study Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (Chronic TRIAD) Across the Lifespan in Uganda.

The project, co-led by JH-IIRU director Adnan Hyder and associate director Abdul Bachani, will build on Makerere University (MU) School of Public Health’s demonstrated interest in expanding its teaching and research focused on trauma, injuries and disability by strengthening capacity for information and communication technology (ICT)-supported research and training (e-capacity) at the university.  By training health professionals and academics with new tools to enhance the conduct of research on nationally relevant issues in trauma, injuries and disability, the institutions will work to create a sustainable platform for researchers, faculty, and staff to maintain and plan for further integration of e-capacity in training and research for global health at MU.

The long-term goal of the program is to establish a center at MU dedicated to the appropriate use of ICT in global health research and training.

Fogarty's Global Health Research and Research Training eCapacity Initiative aims to support innovative research education programs to teach researchers at low and middle income country (LMIC) institutions the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into global health research and research training.

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The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit was recently awarded a five-year training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study trauma, injuries and disabilities in Uganda. The Johns Hopkins – Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (JHU-MU Chronic-TRIAD) award will allow researchers from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) to strengthen research capacity on the long-term health and economic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability across the lifespan in Uganda.

JH-IIRU director, Adnan A. Hyder, will lead a team that includes faculty and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda. Dr. Olive Kobusingye, a well-known expert in trauma and injury prevention in Africa and developing nations, will lead the project for Makerere University.The team will develop a collaborative program that will train a core group of researchers in Uganda to generate relevant data and apply it for promotion of key national priorities to reduce the growing chronic burden of disability from trauma and injuries across the lifespan.  In addition the team will also establish a sustainable training program that will provide a home for faculty across Makerere University, and develop an annual forum in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health for research-to-policy dialogue on the chronic consequences of trauma, injuries and disabilities.

To read more about this new grant, visit the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health news page:
http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2012/hyder_trauma_research.html

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