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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.
Photo rights belong to PAHO.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, together with researchers from the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, recently conducted a workshop on road safety evaluation principles in Mexico.

Held in Guadalajara on August 8 and 9, 2011, the workshop attracted 20 participants from Leon and Guadalajara, which are the two locations in Mexico for the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS-10) project. Two individuals from the World Health Organization country office also participated.

Dr. Aruna Chandran, associate director of monitoring and evaluation for the Unit, co-led the workshop which consisted of an overview of road safety evaluation principles, data collection and analysis, and evaluation study design. Participants were encouraged to assess the road traffic data collection methods in their own cities and discuss ways to improve them. It was an opportunity for the participants to learn the importance of evaluation, and to interact directly with key implementers of the RS-10 project from both cities, as well as the RS-10 evaluation team.

For more information about the Unit's work on the RS-10 project or other road safety projects, please contact us.

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Dr. Aruna Chandran, associate director of monitoring and evaluation for the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, leads a session at the road safety evaluation workshop in Mexico on August 8, 2011.

Dr. Martha C. Hijar Medina, a collaborator with the International Injury Research Unit, was recently accepted as a “Numerario” (i.e., numerarium academic) in the National Academy of Medicine in Mexico. The Unit congratulates Dr. Medina on this honor and looks forward to a continued partnership.

Dr. Medina previously served on the board of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network, which is currently chaired by Dr. Adnan Hyder, the director of the International Injury Research Unit. She now serves as an advisor to the Secretariat of the RTIRN.

Today, Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the International Injury Research Unit, traveled to Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico to chair the most recent meeting of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN).

In addition to his work as director of the Unit, Dr. Adnan Hyder also serves as chairman for the RTIRN, a global partnership of more than 400 members that collaborate to further research into the impact of road traffic injuries around the world.

The meeting in Mexico attracted several thought leaders in the field of road injury research including Dr. Olive Kobusingye of Makerere University in Uganda and Dr. Margie Peden of the WHO. The meeting’s theme focused on “Pedestrian Injuries Research in Low and Middle-Income Countries.” Participants learned about the risk factors and costs of pedestrian injuries, promising interventions being utilized currently, as well as successful methods for research and capacity building in this important area of study.

Injuries are one of the fastest growing yet one of the most preventable global health burdens of the 21st century. The International Injury Research Unit’s continued collaboration with the RTIRN is welcomed as we strive to identify effective solutions.

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Dr. Adnan Hyder joins the secretariat of the RTIRN, several board members, as well as several members of the Pan American Health Organization during the pedestrian injury meeting in Mexico on June 16, 2010.

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