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As part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries project (RS-10), the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) has been tasked with training and capacity development of local personnel in each of the ten countries. To that end, members of the JH-IIRU team, including associate directors Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, PhD, MHS and Aruna Chandran, MD, MPH, will host the “National Workshop on Evaluation Methods for Road Safety” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  This workshop, held from March 21-23, 2012, will provide an overview of monitoring and evaluation for national road safety programs, including evaluation designs for road safety and data collection options.  The workshop will be attended by Drs. Pham V Cuong and La Ngoc Quang, faculty from the Hanoi School of Public Health and Dr. Ricardo Pérez Núñez from the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública). Additionally, representatives from the National and Provincial Road Safety Committees in Cambodia, local NGOs, researchers, and others will be in attendance.

These skill- and knowledge-based on-site workshops for in-country collaborators, partners and researchers are part of the three-pronged capacity development strategy, which also includes training  and  mentoring  during  the  course  of  monitoring  and  evaluation (M&E) work in each of the countries (learning by doing); and development and offering of courses on public health methods for road safety.

Several targeted workshops have been conducted in each of the ten countries and have been tailored to meet local needs. In the first two years of the RS-10 project, more than 250 individuals across the 10 countries have been trained through these workshops.      
For more information on the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, which is funded with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, contact us at
IIRU@jhsph.edu, or visit our website: http://www.jhsph.edu/iiru/rs10.html 

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.

Every year, approximately 1.3 million people lose their lives in road traffic crashes. This does not even account for the friends and families of the victims, or the countless individuals who survive crashes but must endure lifelong disabilities. Sunday, November 21, 2010, marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, an acknowledgement of the millions affected by this global epidemic and the need for prompt action globally. The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit offers its deepest sympathies on this day to the friends and families of road traffic victims, and also assures communities worldwide that their losses have not gone unnoticed.

Local and international organizations continue to work tirelessly to combat the problem of road traffic injuries. The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is currently working with a consortium of partners on the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, a five-year initiative that draws on support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization to implement road safety solutions where they are needed most. While there is still much work ahead, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is committed to reducing the number of needless injuries and deaths on the world’s roads, and is proud to join hands with global partners in this effort.

For more information about the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, please visit its website. For more information about the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit’s work in road safety, please visit this webpage.

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World Day of Remembrance image from www.worlddayofremembrance.org.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit established a strong presence during the Safety 2010 World Conference in London last week. Co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, this international event is considered the major scientific platform for sharing ideas and furthering knowledge about violence and injury prevention. According to the WHO, it draws more than 1,200 of the world’s leading injury researchers, practitioners and advocates from more than 130 countries.

Members of the International Injury Research Unit, including Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Aruna Chandran, Dr. Prasanthi Puvanachandra and Dr. David Bishai participated in several sessions throughout the event, including a WHO pre-meeting entitled the “Third Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention.”

The team hosted a parallel session and workshop on September 22 which focused on the evaluation of road safety interventions in 10 countries. This heavily attended session featured presentations and discussion from leaders in international road safety including representatives from the WHO, the Global Road Safety Partnership and Bloomberg Philanthropies, in addition to the International Injury Research Unit’s own Dr. Hyder and Dr. Puvanachandra.

On September 24, Dr. Bishai of the International Injury Research Unit, along with Dr. Francesco Zamboni of the WHO, presented their research during a scientific session entitled “Road Transport Law and Policy.” Dr. Bishai discussed the politics of road safety projects and raised the aspiration that, despite political challenges, these projects can lead to the ascendance of road safety on national political agendas.

In addition, Dr. Hyder served as the chair for sessions hosted by the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network and also the WHO’s Mentor VIP program. The International Injury Research Unit further demonstrated results on several posters throughout the conference.

For more information about the International Injury Research Unit, please download our Safety 2010 brochure or contact IIRU@jhsph.edu.

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