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On September 18-21, 2016, 11 JH-IIRU faculty and staff members traveled to Tampere, Finland to attend the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2016). The conference brought together more than 1,000 researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and advocates in the field of injury prevention and safety from more than 100 countries.

The theme of the conference "From research to practice," encouraged the use of research data to help in the implementation of practical solutions that will increase safety and reduce injuries. Over 1,300 abstracts were submitted - traffic safety and child safety being the top themes.

The key outcome of the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion was the Tampere Declaration. The Declaration identified common aims and principles on injury and violence prevention reached by participants and the representatives of WHO at the conference during the structured consultation process. 

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JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder and associate director, Dr. Abdul Bachani speak at a session

At the conference, JH-IIRU presented on a wide range of topics including trauma care, drowning, injury prevention and more. In total, JH-IIRU participated in 6 special sessions, 7 pitch presentations, 11 oral presentations and 25 posters. In addition to presentations, JH-IIRU also had an exhibition booth.

JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder served as a plenary speaker for the session, “From research to implementation – building a bridge between science and practice.” He discussed how to turn evidence into practice and policy. Dr. Hyder also served as a moderator for several sessions including: “Developing and evaluating trauma care systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs): Experiences in Africa,” “Child and adolescent injuries in the Arab Gulf: Understanding the burden and risk factors” and “Research to practice: The global road safety program.”

In addition, JH-IIRU presented on several projects with collaborators. Dr. Abdul Bachani, associate director of JH-IIRU, presented on the Health, Economic and Long-term Social Impact of Injuries (HEALS) Study, Dr. Olakunle Alonge presented on the Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLid) project in Bangladesh, Dr. Amber Mehmood presented on the Mhealth trauma registry in Oman, Dr. Kate Allen presented on child restraint use in the state of Qatar and Dr. Isaac Botchey presented on the efforts to improve trauma care in Kenya.

On the final day of the conference, it was announced that the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018), will be held November 5-7, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Adnan Hyder is the Secretary of the ‘International Organization Committee’ of the conferences (chaired by Dr. Etienne Krug of WHO) and is now busy helping to prepare for Safety 2018.

To learn more about the conference, please click here.

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Faculty and staff at the JH-IIRU exhibition booth 

On September 6-7, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty members including Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, Assistant Scientists, Drs. Qingfeng Li and Olakunle Alonge and Research Associate, Dr. Nino Paichadze traveled to Ethiopia to participate in a national stakeholder meeting on child injuries. The goal of the meeting was to explore and propose a package of evidence based interventions for addressing the burden due to the leading causes of unintentional injuries among children (<15 years) in Ethiopia (such as burns, drownings, road traffic injuries, falls and poisoning). 

During the first day of the meeting, JH-IIRU faculty presented on several topics including: The global burden of child injuries, need/rationale for a response, policy and programs on child injury prevention in Ethiopia and more. The second day of the meeting incorporated workshop sessions where participants worked in small groups to outline steps, implementation plans, and a research and learning agenda for integrating child injury interventions into existing child health programs in Ethiopia. The summary and main findings of the workshop were presented by Dr. Olakunle Alonge.

Meeting in Ethiopia

JH-IIRU faculty meets with representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)                                                                    and the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia to discuss meeting goals and objectives

On August 31-September 1, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Assistant Scientist, Dr. Katharine Allen, traveled to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, TN to participate in a workshop as part of the Alliance Academy.

While in Memphis, Dr. Allen delivered a masterclass on the principles of monitoring and evaluation. She discussed the importance of evaluating road safety interventions and approaches to designing evaluation schemes and selecting appropriate indicators. In addition, she had the opportunity to sit on a panel that reviews National Government Organizations (NGOs) final projects/programs. During this panel session, Alliance Advocates presented their proposed projects, which will be undertaken in their home countries. These projects included interventions to improve helmet use, reduce speeds around schools and to advocate for improved road safety laws. The panel, which also included representatives from the Alliance and FedEx, provided feedback to the participants and suggested ways to make their projects more successful.

The Alliance Academy is a state-of-the-art training program sponsored by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. Participants of the Alliance Academy, called Alliance Advocates are a select group of 10-15 NGO representatives that take courses to learn from leaders in the road safety field. The Alliance Advocates become role models for other Alliance members, governments, and their communities and actively advocate for change. 

Read more about the training program here.

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Dr. Allen presents to the Alliance Advocates (Photo retrieved from YOURS Road Safety Twitter account)

On July 27-29, 2016, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team, including Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, and Assistant Scientists, Drs. Katharine Allen, Qingfeng Le, Shivam Gupta and Connie Hoe traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in a two-day global road safety experts meeting hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The meeting convened 125 road safety experts from 15 countries, including government officials, law enforcement professionals and others.

The objective of the conference was to address strategies to reduce road fatalities and injuries as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The meeting provided a host of workshops designed to establish and promote road injury prevention strategies. Additionally, training sessions were held that focused on law enforcement, communications to inform the public on safety, safer mobility and safer streets.

At the meeting, Dr. Hyder presented observational data collected by JH-IIRU for BIGRS which includes over 2.4 million road safety data points.

Bangkok Meeting

JH-IIRU meets with GRSP 

In addition, JH-IIRU and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) had the opportunity to present a preview of the new “Global Road Safety Leadership Course” (GRSLC). The course is going to be jointly offered by JH-IIRU and GRSP with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies this fall (Oct-Nov 2016). This two-week training program aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

Learn more about the meeting here.

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 JH-IIRU & GRSP present a preview of the GRSLC  

The 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 new “Global Road Safety Leadership Course” (GRSLC). The two-week training program will take place this fall (Oct-Nov 2016) in Baltimore, Maryland. The course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. The GRSLC will include, among others, modules on the following topics:

  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post-crash response
  • Advocating for road safety policy passage and implementation

There will be over 60 course participants from more than 15 different countries. In addition to their coursework, the participants will travel to New York City to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Washington D.C. to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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
  • Delivery of the program through a diverse, experienced international faculty who aim to challenge and inspire participants
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of road safety issues, irrespective of participants’ positions in their organizations
  • Certification from a leading university and global road safety set of partners

The goal of the course is to enhance effective leadership capacity to optimally address road safety in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in order to reduce deaths and serious injuries around the world. 

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