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On April 20, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, participated in a stakeholders meeting on road safety in Shanghai, China as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

Over 20 people attended the one-day meeting, including international road safety experts and representatives from the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee, the Shanghai traffic police, and the Shanghai Transportation Committee.

Dr. Li presented the latest BIGRS monitoring and evaluation findings for Shanghai, including results from four rounds of observational studies. His findings showed only 24% of electronic bike riders wear helmets, less than 5% of child passengers were properly restrained, and slightly more than half (55%) of front passengers use seatbelts.

During the meeting, the road safety experts discussed a road infrastructure renovation plan, media campaigns, police training, and a project evaluation plan.

Dr. Qingfeng Li attends BIGRS meeting

Dr. Qingfeng Li presents the latest findings for Shanghai

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to announce the winners of its photo contest in honor of the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week. 

We would like to thank everyone who entered our photo contest! Your participation brought awareness to speed management and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. We received many great entries that captured speed enforcement initiatives including speed cameras, police officers enforcing the speed limit, speed limit signs, speed bumps and education. 

For the contest, participants were asked to send up to three original photos that captured speed enforcement initiatives. Each entry was judged on the basis of content (relevance to category) and quality (e.g. lighting, composition, focus) by an independent panel of judges. 

Congratulations to our first and second place winners:

First Place Winner

First place: Vinothkumar Kandasamy

Twitter handle: @vinoth_iROLL

Caption: Hazard: Intersection at curve, high speed traffic, poor visibility, merging road located in down gradient, U turn sign board Rectifications: Warning sign board, thermo plastic rumble strips, cat eyes and posted speed limit. 

Location: Tamilnadu, India

Second Place Winner

Second place: Simin Haghighi

Twitter handle: @SiminHaghighi

Caption: School Children learn new topics about road safety

Location: Mashhad City, Iran

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.

Prizes:

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 JHSPH.iiru@jhu.edu. 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.

Eligibility:

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.

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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

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

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 

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