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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 first regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course (rGRSLC) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from March 19-30, 2017. The course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. The course is delivered through diverse, experienced international faculty from the world’s leading innovative institutions and organizations, such as Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Bank and more.

The course will include, among others, modules on: Road safety management; safer roads and mobility; safer vehicles; safer road users; post-crash response; and advocating for road safety policy passage and implementation.

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
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of road safety issues, irrespective of participants' positions in their organizations

More than 60 participants from 20 different countries will attend the two-week course. In addition to their coursework, the participants will travel to Malacca, the historic state of Malaysia, to visit the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). Participants will also attend various events throughout the course, including an opening reception and cultural night.

Read more about the Global Road Safety Leadership Course here

The Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability in Uganda (JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD), is funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. Coordinated by the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD supports four cohorts of long-term trainees.

In February, five fellows from our third cohort successfully defended their TRIAD-related dissertations and graduated from the program.

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.

The program is based on the close partnership between Johns Hopkins and Makerere University School of Public Health, two academic institutions with a strong commitment to understanding the long-term impact of trauma and injuries, experience in research, and a history of collaborative work.

Learn more about the program here.

Below are the fellows and their dissertation titles: 

  Chronic TRIAD Jennifer
Jennifer Namagembe successfully defended her dissertation, “Assessment of the nature of pre-hospital care provided to road traffic injury patients reporting to Mulago Hospital.”
  Chronic TRIAD fellow Claire
Claire Biribawa successfully defended her dissertation, “Alcohol intoxication among bodaboda drivers, related injuries and health costs at Mulago National Hospital.” 
 Chronic TRIAD Fellow Phoebe

Phoebe Alitubeera, a fellow from our supplementary training program on the intersection between Trauma/Disability and HIV in Uganda (JHU-MU supplementary grant), successfully defended her dissertation, “Utilization of post exposure prophylaxis among health workers following percutaneous injuries in public health facilities in Kampala Capital City.”

  Chronic TRIAD Arthur

Arthur Kiconco successfully defended his dissertation, “Determinants of occupational injuries among building construction workers in Kampala City, Uganda.” 

  Chronic TRIAD Lillian

Lilian Kauma, a fellow from our supplementary training program on the intersection between Trauma/Disability and HIV in Uganda (JHU-MU supplementary grant), successfully defended her dissertation, “HIV-related disabilities and utilization of rehabilitation services by people living with HIV receiving care at the Mulago Immune Suppresive Syndrome Clinic, Kampala, Uganda.” 

On January 29-February 2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members, including Adnan Hyder, director of JH-IIRU; Olakunle Alonge, assistant scientist; and Priyanka Agrawal, postdoctoral fellow, traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh project. 

SoLiD Presentation

JH-IIRU meets with CIPRB and icddr, b to discuss the SoLiD project

While in Dhaka, JH-IIRU participated in individual and joint meetings with the Centre for Injury Prevention & Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b). The purpose of the meetings was to discuss special issue papers, review data analysis, and discuss existing data sets. The teams also brainstormed on long-term sustainability of the SoLiD interventions and exchanged ideas for future collaboration in injury prevention work in Bangladesh. 

SoLiD Collaborators

JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, with representatives from CIPRB and icddr, b

Recently, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Shivam Gupta, participated in a stakeholders meeting on road safety in Mumbai, India as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The event was hosted by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Bloomberg Philanthropies on Tuesday, January 18.

Over 70 people attended the one-day meeting, including international road safety experts and various stakeholders from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, the Mumbai traffic police and other agencies to reduce road crashes. Dr. Gupta presented the latest BIGRS monitoring and evaluation findings for Mumbai city, which showed low rates of helmet and seatbelt use. 

Dr. Gupta presents the latest findings for Mumabi city

Dr. Shivam Gupta presents the latest findings for Mumbai city

During the meeting, the road safety experts discussed strategies to reduce road crashes, created and presented a road and footpath design model, and suggested pedestrian friendly designs for the road.  

Mumbai Stakeholders Meeting

Meeting attendees pose for a group photo

Recently, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) was awarded a D43 grant on trauma and injury research training in Afghanistan and Pakistan from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will build on previous Johns Hopkins-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training (JHU-Pak-ICTIRT) programs running since 2005. The purpose of these previous grants was to develop trauma and injury research capacity at Aga Khan University (AKU) and then Khyber Medical University (KMU) in Pakistan through a combination of strategies. The focus was on injury research training through long-term (master’s) and short-term (workshops) training at AKU.  

The Johns Hopkins-Afghanistan-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (JHU-AfPak ICTIRT) will be based on a partnership of institutions – JHU, AKU, and Aga Khan University Programs in Afghanistan (AKU-PA) – each with a great commitment to trauma and injury research.

The five-year grant is led by three principal investigators – Professors Adnan Hyder (director JH-IIRU), and Junaid Razzak (emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and senior technical advisor of JH-IIRU) from USA and Dr. Nadeem Ullah Khan (Associate Professor Emergency Medicine at AKU). Dr. Parvez Nayani (director of Academic Projects Afghanistan at AKU) will serve as the senior foreign investigator.

The grant will focus on using US expertise to further strengthen Pakistani institutions for doctoral training, enhance injury research capacity in Afghanistan, promote a sustainable research enterprise in western Asia, and enable regional dissemination of research evidence to influence policy and investments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The main objectives of the Johns Hopkins-Afghanistan-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (JHU-AfPak ICTIRT) include: the development of a core group of researchers focused on trauma and injuries for Afghanistan; to help develop doctoral training programs in injury research; and to promote research around key regional priorities for trauma and injuries.

For more information, please click here.

JH-IIRU Director meets with Dean of AKU
JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, meets with Dean Abbas at AKU

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