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On June 25 – 26, 2014, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) director, Adnan Hyder, and associate director, Abdul Bachani, participated in the Research Week 2014 Summit at the Universiti Putra (UPM) in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The two-day summit, organized by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the university, featured discussions ranging from clinical trials to responsible conduct of research. 

Dr. Hyder gave a plenary talk, “Global Road Safety: Evaluation Strategies in 10 Countries,” in which he discussed the work of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program.

Drs. Hyder and Bachani met with UPM leadership, including vice chancellor Dr. Mohd Ramlan, deputy vice chancellor Professor M. Nasir Shamdsudin and deputy dean of research, Dr. Zamberi Sekawi to discuss collaborations on projects such as child injuries in the home. They also met with longtime collaborator, Dr. Kulanthayan KC Mani from the Road Safety Research Center at UPM to discuss mutual collaborations.

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Dr. Hyder (right) with Dr. Tahir (left), Director for the Institute for Public Health in Malaysia
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Dr. Adnan Hyder speaks at the plenary session, Global Road Safety: Evaluation Strategies in 10 Countries

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) is delighted to announce that associate director, Abdulgafoor M. Bachani has been recently awarded a competitive research grant from the Swami Institute for International Medical Education (SIIME).  The grant, entitled “Preventing Childhood Injuries in Malaysia: Piloting a Home Environment Injury Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program” seeks to develop a better understanding of the burden and breadth of household injuries among children in two districts in Malaysia. 

The project, also involving JH-IIRU associate director Aruna Chandran,  has three fundamental objectives: 1) to develop and pilot test an injury hazard assessment tool that is appropriate for an urban, developing country setting, 2) develop and pilot test an educational pamphlet that will provide information and make suggestions to promote child safety in the home, and 3) develop and pilot test a home-based tutorial program for its feasibility and acceptability as means of disseminating home safety information.

According to Dr. Bachani, the project will continue JH-IIRU’s commitment to collaboration and capacity building by facilitating working relationships with participants in Malaysia, including Faculty of Medicine and Health Services (FMHS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The project will also involve mentoring a Malaysian doctoral student.

Dr. Bachani submitted the application along with collaborator, Dr. Kulanthayan K.C. Mani from the Road Safety Research Centre at the Universiti Putra, Malaysia.

“Unintentional home injuries are a major cause of death and disability among children, especially in low- and middle-income countries,” Bachani said.  “I look forward to working with Dr. Mani and his colleagues in Malaysia to address this growing burden.”

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