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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

On November 29-30, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty traveled to Doha, Qatar to attend the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016. Drs. Adnan Hyder (director), Kate Allen (Coordinator for Middle East), and Amber Mehmood (Coordinator for EMS) were part of the delegation. More than 1,000 global leaders, including government officials and healthcare experts attended the two-day Summit. 

The Summit had eight research forums, including accountable care, autism, behavioral insights, cardiovascular disease, genomics in the gulf region and Islamic ethics, healthy populations, investing in health, and precision medicine. JH-IIRU faculty participated in several sessions and met colleagues working in health systems, ethics and health management. 

WISH Qatar Panel

A panel discussion at WISH Qatar

While in Qatar, JH-IIRU faculty met with collaborators from Hamad Medical Corporation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss project updates for both Work-place-injury Unified Registry for Qatar (WURQ) and Young Kids in Safe Seats (Y-KISS). The team discussed current data collection activities, stakeholder engagement, training and challenges thus far. Lastly, the team discussed plans for the next year and potential proposals and publications. 

More information on the Summit can be found here.

Meeting with HMC in Qatar

JH-IIRU meets with collaborators from HMC

On November 14-18, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty attended the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada. The theme of the five-day symposium was "Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world." 

The Department of International Health was involved in over 30 sessions, including plenary, organized, oral, skills-building, satellite, poster and e-poster sessions. JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, moderated a thematic working group session titled, “The ethics of health systems research priority-setting” and participated in a panel session titled, “Blurring the lines: ethical considerations when research is embedded in policy and practice.” 

JH-IIRU faculty members were also involved in several sessions. Dr. Kate Allen, JH-IIRU Coordinator for Middle East, presented a poster titled, “Do researchers uphold principles of ethics in health systems research? - Empirical evidence from an online survey” and Dr. Olakunle Alonge, JH-IIRU Coordinator for Child Injuries, participated in a satellite session titled, “A massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research.” 

During the Health Systems Global annual general meeting, Dr. Adnan Hyder was formally introduced as a new member of the Health Systems Global Board.

The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will be held in Liverpool in 2018.

More information on the Symposium can be found here.

Poster at Health Systems Global

Drs. Adnan Hyder and Kate Allen present a poster at Health Systems Global

On October 31-November 11, 2016, 59 participants from 15 different countries traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the first Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC). The course is jointly offered by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

During the first week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: behavioral risk factors, systems thinking, sustainable transport, urban design in road safety, and policy and legislation. Participants also had the opportunity to get to know each other better during a cultural night at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where faculty, staff and participants had a wonderful evening sharing performances representing the 15 countries.

On November 5, the participants traveled to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies. The participants learned about designing safer, more sustainable streets and data driven solutions for road safety. The trip concluded with a walking tour around New York City to see road safety in action.

GRSLC visits Bloomberg Philanthropies

GRSLC participants visit Bloomberg Philanthropies (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies)

During the second week of the two-week training program, participants attended a variety of sessions including: data sources for road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, economics for road safety, financing and funding for road safety, and introduction to advocacy. On November 9, participants traveled to Washington, DC to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

On November 11, the participants presented outcomes from their group projects. In the evening, participants traveled to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a certificate ceremony and reception. The ceremony and reception were attended by the Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Michael J. Klag; Department of International Health Chair, David Peters; and Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

For more information on the course, please click here.

GRSLC Certificate Ceremony

GRSLC participants with Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies 

On October 11-14, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Connie Hoe, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation. The workshop, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), was a part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and convened 29 lawyers and other professionals from government and civil society organizations in China, India, Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania and Viet Nam. The workshop utilized a mix of presentations, group work, and other interactive activities to expose participants to various road safety topics such as risk factors, media advocacy, policy change, and vehicle regulations.

During the workshop, Dr. Hoe presented on "political priority development," where she discussed the strategies, frameworks and tools advocates can use to get child safety onto the political agenda. 

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to identifying concrete ways to improve WHO's capacity development efforts for lawyers and journalists within the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.

To learn more about the workshop, please click here.

Road Safety Legislation Workshop

A presentation during the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation

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