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On August 31-September 1, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Assistant Scientist, Dr. Katharine Allen, traveled to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, TN to participate in a workshop as part of the Alliance Academy.

While in Memphis, Dr. Allen delivered a masterclass on the principles of monitoring and evaluation. She discussed the importance of evaluating road safety interventions and approaches to designing evaluation schemes and selecting appropriate indicators. In addition, she had the opportunity to sit on a panel that reviews National Government Organizations (NGOs) final projects/programs. During this panel session, Alliance Advocates presented their proposed projects, which will be undertaken in their home countries. These projects included interventions to improve helmet use, reduce speeds around schools and to advocate for improved road safety laws. The panel, which also included representatives from the Alliance and FedEx, provided feedback to the participants and suggested ways to make their projects more successful.

The Alliance Academy is a state-of-the-art training program sponsored by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. Participants of the Alliance Academy, called Alliance Advocates are a select group of 10-15 NGO representatives that take courses to learn from leaders in the road safety field. The Alliance Advocates become role models for other Alliance members, governments, and their communities and actively advocate for change. 

Read more about the training program here.

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Dr. Allen presents to the Alliance Advocates (Photo retrieved from YOURS Road Safety Twitter account)

On July 27-29, 2016, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team, including Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, and Assistant Scientists, Drs. Katharine Allen, Qingfeng Le, Shivam Gupta and Connie Hoe traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in a two-day global road safety experts meeting hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The meeting convened 125 road safety experts from 15 countries, including government officials, law enforcement professionals and others.

The objective of the conference was to address strategies to reduce road fatalities and injuries as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The meeting provided a host of workshops designed to establish and promote road injury prevention strategies. Additionally, training sessions were held that focused on law enforcement, communications to inform the public on safety, safer mobility and safer streets.

At the meeting, Dr. Hyder presented observational data collected by JH-IIRU for BIGRS which includes over 2.4 million road safety data points.

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JH-IIRU meets with GRSP 

In addition, JH-IIRU and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) had the opportunity to present a preview of the new “Global Road Safety Leadership Course” (GRSLC). The course is going to be jointly offered by JH-IIRU and GRSP with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies this fall (Oct-Nov 2016). This two-week training program aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

Learn more about the meeting here.

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 JH-IIRU & GRSP present a preview of the GRSLC  

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, are delighted to jointly offer the new “Global Road Safety Leadership Course” (GRSLC). The two-week training program will take place this fall (Oct-Nov 2016) in Baltimore, Maryland. The course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. The GRSLC will include, among others, modules on the following topics:

  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post-crash response
  • Advocating for road safety policy passage and implementation

There will be over 60 course participants from more than 15 different countries. In addition to their coursework, the participants will travel to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Washington D.C. to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Key features of this program will include:

  • Active engagement among a wide variety of international participants from different settings and backgrounds, including government and civil society
  • Delivery of the program through a diverse, experienced international faculty who aim to challenge and inspire participants
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of road safety issues, irrespective of participants’ positions in their organizations
  • Certification from a leading university and global road safety set of partners

The goal of the course is to enhance effective leadership capacity to optimally address road safety in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in order to reduce deaths and serious injuries around the world. 

On June 15 - 17, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit’s Assistant Scientist, Dr. Connie Hoe, traveled to Santiago, Chile, to participate in the Second International Child Road Safety Forum (FISEVI). The event was organized by the Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation and hosted by Chile’s National Traffic Commission and the Automobile Club of Chile. The main objective of the forum was to share knowledge, experiences, best practices and ideas related to road safety. The forum was opened by Andrés Gómez-Lobo, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, and attended by more than 30 safety experts from around the world.

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Photo courtesy of Gary Smith

Dr. Hoe participated in the “Public Policies Related to Road Safety” workshop with several other road safety experts from the National Road Safety Agency in Argentina, the National Road Safety Agency in Colombia, the National Road Safety Committee in Chile, the National Road Safety Unit in Uruguay, and the Gonzalo Rodríguez Foundation. She also served as a speaker for Pillar 1 – Road Safety Management where she highlighted the need for lead agencies that are empowered to implement good practice guidelines and coordinate road safety stakeholders. Dr. Hoe also discussed the importance of establishing and supporting data systems for on-going monitoring and evaluation of road safety in low- and middle-income countries.

To learn more about the forum, please click here.

Photo courtesy of Lorrie Walker
 Photo courtesy of Lorrie Walker

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM), and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) supports the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in their efforts to address the issue of road safety among young people. We encourage a worldwide conversation to call attention to road traffic fatalities not only in the United States, but around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries, were nearly 95% of youth road traffic fatalities occur.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World report on child injury prevention, 2008, more than 260,000 children die as a result of road traffic crashes each year, with an estimated 10 million more sustaining non-life threatening injuries. Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the global leading cause of death for children 15-19 years, and the second leading cause of death for children 5-14 years.  What’s more, RTI’s rank within the top 15 causes of disease burden worldwide for children under 14.

National Youth Global Youth Traffic Safety Month® (GYTSM) was formed in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the United Nations 2007 Global Road Safety Week.

To find out more about GYTSM, visit the NOYS site: http://www.noys.org/default.aspx

To read the WHO’s World report on child injury prevention, click here: http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/child/injury/world_report/en/

To find out more about JH-IIRU’s global road safety work, visit our publication list here, as well as our special issues on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gcpi20/13/sup1#.U3DLooFdXh4

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00201383/44/supp/S4

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