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In June, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) welcomed three fellows from the NIH-Fogarty International Center-funded Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability in Uganda (JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD) program. During their visit, the fellows met with JH-IIRU faculty, took courses, worked with academic mentors on their MPH thesis proposals and participated in a site visit to the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. As part of their visit, on Friday, July 15, the three trainees presented their MPH thesis proposals.

Rebecca Nuwematsiko presented, “Injury patterns and risk factors among motorcycle passengers at Mulago Hospital-A cross sectional study.” Rebecca’s mentor was Assistant Scientist, Dr. Amber Mehmood.

Swaibu Zziwa presented, “Factors influencing utilization of physical rehabilitation services among injured patients in Mulago Hospital.” Swaibu’s mentor was Assistant Professor, Dr. Jacob Bentley.

Frederick Oporia presented, “Child safety in cars: Child restraint use and associated factors in Kampala, Uganda.” Frederick’s mentor was Assistant Scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li.

The JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD program aims to strengthen research capacity on the long-term health and economic consequences of trauma, injuries and disability across the lifespan in Uganda through an innovative model of sustainable capacity development. Learn more about the program here.

Rebecca Nuwematsiko, Chronic TRIAD fellow, presents her thesis proposal

Rebecca Nuwematsiko, Chronic TRIAD fellow, presents her thesis proposal

Recently, Dr. Lynn Atuyambe, Assistant Professor at Makerere University School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences visited JH-IIRU.  

While visiting Hopkins, Dr. Atuyambe met with JH-IIRU team members, supervised the Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (TRIAD) fellows and worked on publications. As part of the visit, Dr. Atuyambe presented, “The Readiness of Health Facilities to Provide Adolescent Friendly Reproductive Health Services in Rural and Urban Uganda.” During his presentation, Dr. Atuyambe discussed the adolescent situation in Uganda and explained the many hindrances young people in Wakiso face in accessing health services.

Dr. Atuyambe said the partnership between Makerere University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is extremely helpful. “JHSPH is one of the longest collaborating institutions with Makerere University. The universities perform quality research together,” said Dr. Atuyambe.

When asked about the NIH-funded trainees, Dr. Atuyambe said, “The fellows are always excited to come to JHU, the leader in global health. I am looking forward to having many fellows and having a mass of trained individuals in Uganda.” Dr. Atuyambe said he looks forward to continuing to collaborate with JHU so together we can improve global health.

Dr. Atuyambe obtained his doctorate from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He teaches both undergraduate medical students and postgraduates and supervises Master of Public Health students. Dr. Atuyambe’s recent publications have focused on adolescent reproductive health, coping theories among pregnant adolescents, HIV/AIDS, ART access and fairness, stigma and discrimination and HIV disclosure outcomes.

Dr. Atuyambe
Dr. Atuyambe discusses improving adolescent health and
development in Uganda

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.

Connie Hoe
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

On May 5, 2016, Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), opened the Emergency Medical Services in Developing Countries seminar. Dr. Hyder introduced the International Injury Research Unit and discussed its work on emergency medical systems. Dr. Junaid Razzak of Emergency Medicine at JHU and Senior Technical Advisor of IIRU then presented on emergency health systems in low resource settings.

The presentation also promoted the launch of a special issue of BMC Emergency Medicine titled, “Pakistan National Emergency Departments Surveillance Study” (Pak-NEDS). Pak_NEDS was a collaborative effort between the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit with support from the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Karachi, Pakistan is the third largest city in the world with a huge demand for improving their emergency health systems.

Dr. Razzak presented on the research challenges and discussed the crisis of leadership within the system including the population’s lack of hope in their system. In addition, he addressed how investment in leadership development is key to the success of an EMS system. Dr. Razzak raised awareness about the lack of emergency medical care and leadership in low- and middle-income countries and the cost effectiveness of focusing interventions in emergency care.

To view the seminar, please click here.

Recently, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit’s assistant scientist Katharine Allen participated in a stakeholders seminar on road safety data in Sao Paulo, Brazil as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety. This event was hosted by the program’s local focal point and embedded staff on Wednesday, March 9.

Approximately 35 people from various sectors related to road safety, such as transport, police and health in Sao Paulo attended the half-day event to listen to four presentations relating to data and road safety in Brazil. Dr. Allen presented the findings from JH-IIRU’s baseline assessment.

Kate Allen in Sao Paulo

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