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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

On February 25-27, 2016, JH-IIRU faculty member Nino Paichadze participated in a three-day data management workshop in Ethiopia organized by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) for Addis Ababa Traffic Police Department. The workshop was organized as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety program.

The main objectives of the workshop were to review current Addis Ababa Police Commission data management system and practice; to train the trainers in data management and intelligence-led policing, strengthen understanding of data-led and strategic enforcement; and to discuss opportunities and challenges to strengthen data collection and use for intelligence-led enforcement.

Dr. Paichadze presented on data management and use in road policing and discussed  opportunities to strengthen data collection and use for strategic enforcement.

The workshop was attended by 35 traffic police officers from the Addis Ababa Police Department.

Addis Ababa Police Department
Workshop participants. Dr. Nino Paichadze, center

In January, Dr. Qingfeng Li joined the Department of International Health as an assistant scientist.  Dr. Li received his PhD in Population and Health and MHS in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and MS in Economics from Peking University in China. He has more than seven years of experience in quantitative modeling and program monitoring and evaluation.

Qingfeng’s interests are statistical and demographic analyses of injury prevention and population health, as well as development of system dynamics models to address the complexity of many public health issues. He will work closely with IIRU and play an important role in the unit’s quantitative analysis portfolio.  

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Li!

Qingfeng Li

Recently, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members, including director Adnan Hyder, assistant scientist Olakunle Alonge and senior research program coordinator, Shirin Wadhwaniya, traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the Saving of Lives From Drowning Bangladesh (SoLiD) project.

While there, JH-IIRU met with collaborators from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) to discuss the project.

Solid Project Partner meeting
SoLiD Partners discuss the project

JH-IIRU also co-hosted a workshop with icddr, b and CIPRB that featured special guests from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Bangabandhu Skeikh Mujib Medical University and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss ways to sustain the SoLiD interventions one the project is complete.

Solid Sustainability Workshop 2016
SoLiD Sustainabilty Workshop

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