The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit was established within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of International Health as a way to respond to the growing burden of injuries worldwide. Through research, collaboration and training, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit strives to identify effective solutions to the growing burden of injuries in low- and middle-income populations, influence public policy and practice, and advance the field of injury prevention throughout the world.
Injuries cause more than five million deaths every year, resulting in high economic and social costs for communities around the globe. These costs are greater in low- and middle-income countries, where many public health systems have yet to prioritize injuries as a major health concern, despite the cost-effective methods available to prevent them.
On May 7-8, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members traveled to London to participate in a pair of meetings designed to discuss the adoption of a target to halve deaths and serious injuries from road crashes beyond 2020.
JH-IRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and Assistant Scientist Dr. Connie Hoe attended an international roundtable hosted by the Towards Zero Foundation to examine the current state of global road safety, as well as current and future sustainable development goals (SDGs). Among the existing SDGs, unanimously adopted in September 2015, target 3.6 aims to halve the number of global traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.
Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Director Dr. Abdulgafoor M. Bachani was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the school announced on May 21.
On April 8-10, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, PhD MHS and Associate Director Dr. Qingfeng Li, PhD participated in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative to Prevent Drowning partner meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Bachani and Dr. Li joined leadership from Bloomberg Philanthropies and international partners such as the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Makerere University, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh, and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh to share progress of their work in drowning prevention and strategize on upcoming initiatives across Bangladesh, Vietnam, Uganda, and globally.
Click here to learn more about the meeting.
On Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EST, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted a special webinar, "How Can the Safety of Secondhand Cars in Low-Resource Settings Be Improved?"
The webinar will feature presentations from JH-IIRU leadership and Global NCAP's Jessica Truong.
Click here to watch the live stream beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST.
On Monday, May 1, 2018, we hosted the next event in our 10th Anniversary schedule, "Trauma and Emergency Care across the Lifespan." The seminar featured a multidisciplinary panel of trauma experts. A light reception was provided for all guests in attendance.
A live webcast was offered to virtual participants and the recording is available to replay here.
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, we kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a special conversation on alcohol, a leading risk factor for public health.
Leadership from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth spoke alongside an expert from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which recently released its report, "Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem."
To watch the event, click here.
On Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted the International Symposium on Road Safety and Sustainable Development Goals. The event featured an overview of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety Project, as well as a panel featuring road safety experts from across the globe.
To watch the full event, please click here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) is pleased to offer a free, online course developed to support capacity building in the field of road safety legislation.
More information can be found here.
On Monday, January 14, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted a special webcast event live from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The JH-IIRU team, along with international leaders from Bloomberg Philanthropies, WHO, PAHO, and the city of Fortaleza, Brazil discussed key road safety and sustainable development goal issues in this 90-minute panel discussion and Q&A.
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