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In 2010, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU ) joined a consortium of six partners  to form the Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS-10), a five-year initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies  that is dedicated to reducing the burden of road traffic injuries in ten low- and middle-income countries. The partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), the Association for Safe International Travel (ASIRT), EMBARQ, and the World Bank aim to save lives by providing evidence for stronger road safety interventions around the world.

The project is now just over two years old and countries are at various stages of implementation. Recently, Margie Peden, coordinator,
Unintentional Injury Prevention in the Department of Violence, Injury Prevention and Disability at the WHO and Gayle DiPietro, global manager, GRSP, along with JH-IIRU director Adnan Hyder, published an update in Injury Prevention titled, “Two Years into The Road Safety in 10 Countries Project: How are We Doing?”
The paper details enhanced implementation activities related to four of the five pillars described in the
Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, including improving the safety of road users through the modification and enforcement of road safety laws combined with social marketing activities (pillar 4).

 “Good laws are fundamental to improving road safety, but enhanced enforcement is a key ingredient to increasing compliance with laws,” said DiPietro.

In Kenya, for example, the project is beginning to see results. In the first observational study, conducted by JH-IIRU, 69.5% of vehicles along Thika highway were found to be traveling above the posted speed limit. One year later, after receiving training by GRSP and speed monitoring equipment by WHO, police officers are beginning to see results, with speeding rates dropping to 54.3%.

“We hope to see this trend continue in 2012,” said Peden. “We plan further social marketing campaigns to dovetail with existing enforcement enhancements.”

The team is hopeful that the encouraging results seen in the first two years will mean the project can expand and include additional implementation sites in the future. This, the team knows, will increase the populations reached and potential lives saved.

To access the paper, click here.

To find out more about the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, contact
IIRU@jhsph.edu, or go online.

To read more about the first two years of the RS-10 Project, click
here.

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.

The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) recently presented its 2011 Aron Sobel Guardian Award to Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit. Dr. Hyder received the award during ASIRT’s annual Pillars of Action for Global Road Safety 2011 Gala, which was held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on May 23, 2011.

ASIRT is a nonprofit organization that promotes global road safety through education, advocacy and targeted road safety projects in low and middle-income countries. Rochelle Sobel founded ASIRT in 1995 following the death of her son, Aron Sobel, who was killed in a bus crash in Turkey. In response to Aron’s death, the U.S. Ambassador to Ankara recommended the creation of a road safety organization to protect both American citizens abroad and the residents of countries around the world.

Dr. Hyder is honored to receive this award, and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit looks forward to future collaborations with ASIRT. For more information about the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, please contact us.

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Cathy Silberman, executive director of ASIRT, and Dr. Adnan Hyder.

On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, a series of events around the world marked the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit was proud to join our partners in several of these events in Washington, DC, including the Decade of Action for Road Safety Expo and Congressional briefing.

The expo, organized by the National Organizations for Youth Safety, provided an opportunity for organizations to share information and materials related to global road safety.

The Congressional briefing, organized by the Association for Safe International Road Travel and the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety, featured remarks by Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, and Stephen Hargarten, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety comes at a time of great promise and opportunity. Building on a solid foundation of research, and support from politicians, philanthropists and celebrities, the Decade is the culmination of years of collaboration and planning. It is also the start of an unprecedented worldwide partnership and commitment to reverse the trend in global road traffic crashes, make road safety a public health priority and save up to 5 million lives by 2020.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit supports these important goals, most recently leading the evaluation effort for the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, a five-year initiative supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

For more information about the Unit’s work in road safety, please contact us.

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Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during the Congressional briefing on May 11.

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Stephen Hargarten, Cathy Silberman of ASIRT and Dr. Adnan Hyder address the audience during the Q&A portion of the briefing.

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Dr. Adnan Hyder answers questions for attendees during the briefing.

The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) received the 2010 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award during the UN Road Safety Collaboration meeting in London this week. HRH Prince Michael of Kent presented the award to Margie Peden of the World Health Organization who is a board member for RTIRN, and Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, who serves as board chairman for RTIRN.

The award, administered by Road Safe, recognizes important achievements and innovations in road safety. RTIRN’s vision is to reduce the burden of road traffic injuries in low and middle-income countries through the promotion, conduct and utilization of road safety research.

For more information on partnership opportunities, please contact the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.

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Margie Peden of the World Health Organization, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and Dr. Adnan Hyder of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

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