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A World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention

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On January 6, 2016, Dr. Adnan Hyder, director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), traveled to Cairo, Egypt to participate in the two-day Expert Consultation on Road Safety in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of the meeting was to bring together regional and global road safety experts to discuss not only the current status of global road safety knowledge, but the key issues concerning the gap between commitment and action.

While the road traffic fatalities in the region appear to have decreased from 21.3 in 2010 to 19.9 per 100 000 population in 2013, according to the WHO’s Global status report on road safety 2015, the rate is still higher than the global rate of 17.5 per 100 000 population, and still puts the region second after the African Region (26.6 per 100 000 population).

Dr. Hyder led the discussion on the burden and risk factors of road traffic injuries in the EMR as well as a discussion on the approaches to developing tools and implementing interventions to address road traffic injuries in the region.

Adnan Hyder in Cairo
Dr. Adnan Hyder, director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

The meeting goals included providing guidance on key areas of interventions, suggested intervention packages for the EMR countries and discussions on implementation of those packages.

Dr. Hyder was joined by Dr. Etienne Krug, Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO, and Dr. Hala Sakr, Technical Officer, Violence, Injuries and Disabilities, WHO EMRO, among others. 

Learn more about JH-IIRU's road safety work here and here.

As part of the Johns Hopkins-Pakistan Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training (ICTIRT) program, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted three fellows during the second academic term. The fellows are from the Masters of Health Policy and Management program of the Aga Khan University. During their stay, the three fellows, Attaullah Baig, Naveed Ahmed and Haris Ahmad, took courses, attended the Health Systems seminars, met with academic mentors and participated in site visits to PAHO, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine, among others. Their time here culminated with a presentation of their theses.

Attaullah Baig presenting his thesis
Attaullah Baig presents on harm reduction and HIV in injecting drug users in Pakistan.
Haris Ahmad presenting his thesis
Haris Ahmad presents on needle stick safety and injury prevention in South Asia
Naveed Ahmed presenting thesis
Naveed Ahmed presents on disability services and injury outcomes .

The long-range vision of the JHU-Pakistan ICTIRT is to build human resources, research infrastructure and appropriate polices for acute care and prevention and control of injuries and trauma in Pakistan and to serve not only the country, but also the South Asian region and the Middle East as well. The core objective of the program is to build a strong network of professionals and help develop sustainable research capacity on acute care of trauma and injuries and emergency medicine in Pakistan.

The JHU-Pakistan ICTIRT Program, is a partnership between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA) and the Aga Khan University (Pakistan), and supported by a grant from the John E. Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes for Health, Department of Health and Human Services. The Fogarty Center's mission is to address the growing burden of morbidity and mortality in the developing world due to trauma and injury.

Recently Dr. Nino Paichadze was promoted to a Research Associate position in the Health Systems Program, Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

Dr. Paichadze received her medical degree from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Her diverse academic and professional experience encompasses medicine, business and public health. A medical doctor and internist with a subspecialty in endocrinology, she also has a pre-MBA training and more than five years of experience in project management at a medical products and services firm. Dr. Paichadze likewise holds an MPH degree in health leadership and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Nino Paichadze

Prior to this, Dr. Paichadze was a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Systems Program. Her public health work has been focused on injury prevention and health systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries. She has also provided technical support to various training and capacity development activities in the Health Systems Program. 

On November 18-19, 2015, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) traveled to Brasilia, Brazil for the Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety. The conference, hosted by the Government of Brazil and supported by the World Health Organization, hosted researchers, organization, governmental organizations, including high-level ministers from nearly every country of the world to discuss global road safety.

Adnan Hyder road safety conference Brasilia

JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, assistant scientists Katharine Allen and Connie Hoe and research associate, Nino Paichadze were on hand to participate in the conference.

Drs. Allen and Hoe arrived early to present on real-world evaluations for road safety a pre-conference meeting held by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at the organization’s headquarters in Brasilia, while Dr. Hyder hosted the parallel session, “Monitoring and Evaluation of Road Safety at National and International Levels.”  The session was designed to discuss the importance of early integration of monitoring and evaluation in road safety programs.

In addition, the participants reviewed the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and worked to define next steps at both the global and national levels in order to achieve the Decade’s intended goal: Saving 5 million lives.

The goal of the conference was to share knowledge and spur action on what works to prevent road traffic injuries and fatalities and improve safety. 

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) congratulates our senior technical advisor, Professor David Bishai, MD, MPH, PhD on his recent election to President of International Health Economics Association (iHEA). The iHEA was formed to increase communication among health economists, foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems, and assist young researchers at the start of their careers.

Dr. David Bishai

According to Dr. Bishai, the “iHEA congresses have always covered some topics in the economics of injury control.  At our next meeting in Boston in 2017 we have a chance to bring this up again because the theme will be “Revolutions in Health”. 

Dr. Bishai, who holds a primary appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, works closely with JH-IIRU on our projects, specifically, The Johns Hopkins – Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (JHU-MU Chronic-TRIAD) and The Saving of Lives from Drowning, Bangladesh (SoLiD).  He is an integral part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program and Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety teams.

On his election to iHEA, Dr. Bishai said, “I ran on a campaign focused on increasing iHEA’s service to members outside of US and Europe.  We need to focus on how to help our members do their work in research and teaching health economics.”

Dr. Bishai uses economics to study populations, families, and the ways in which various public health interventions, especially immunization and injury control, affect population health. His current projects focus on the connection between the operations at state and local health departments and improved population health. In additional to his work with JH-IIRU, he conducts work in China, Qatar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

He teaches Introduction to Health Economics; Poverty Economic Development; and Health, Systems Thinking in Public Health at the Bloomberg School. His current projects focus on the connection between the operations at national, state and local health departments and improved population health

Most recently, Dr. Bishai was honored with a Golden Apple Award for Teaching, 2015 and is President-Elect of the Bloomberg School Faculty Senate.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bishai on this well-deserved distinction. 

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