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 February 19-20, 2020, leadership from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit joined representatives from more than 140 countries for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), minister-led delegations, and the Government Offices of Sweden, featured important meetings and discussions with multidisciplinary road safety leaders from around the world.
JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, along with Drs. Connie Hoe and Kent Stevens collaborated with ministers, senior officials, researchers, and private sector leaders to take stock of where the field is, discuss successes as well as challenges, and chart a way forward to reduce the toll of road traffic crashes.
“Our time in Sweden for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference was incredibly important and a great indicator of future progress for the field of global road safety,” said Dr. Bachani. “Over the last few days, our team was able to connect with a wide array of passionate, hard-working experts across industries, share ideas for global road safety, and listen to others build upon the inspiring, lifesaving efforts already being implemented at an international level.”
The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, along with collaborating organizations from around the world, is pleased to join Bloomberg Philanthropies as a partner in its reinvestment in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The six-year plan and commitment of $240 million by Bloomberg Philanthropies through 2025 expects to save an estimated 600,000 lives and prevent as many as 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries.
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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Director Dr. Abdul Bachani traveled to Saudi Arabia for the 5th International Traffic Safety Forum & Exhibition on February 10-12, 2020. Dr. Bachani joined road safety experts from around the world for the three-day conference organized by the Saudi Society for Traffic Safety (SALAMH) in collaboration with the Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, among other partners.
On Tuesday, January 14, JH-IIRU honored Towards Zero Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer David Ward with the Global Road Safety Leadership Award. Ward then presented his keynote seminar, "The Auto Industry Lobby: Still Unsafe at Any Speed?"
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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."
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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.
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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.
Each year – according to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 – 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads. Another 20-50 million sustain non-fatal injuries, and among 15-29 year-olds road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the leading cause of death globally.
Statistics such as these fuel our work here at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit to work tirelessly within the road safety field and strive to reduce the burden of RTIs around the world.
As we conclude another phase working with Bloomberg Philanthropies and international partners, we can reflect on our time working across 10 cities and 10 countries to reduce non-fatal and fatal RTIs and impact key risk factors.
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Before this summer, Thanh Long Nguyen, Quynh Nga Pham, and Nguyen Thi Khanh Huyen had never been to North America. They’d previously never learned in a U.S. classroom. And they’d never had crab cakes.
The three students – all from Hanoi University of Public Health and in the 2-year Master of Public Health (MPH) focused on injury prevention – traveled from Vietnam to Baltimore for the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi Trauma and Injury Research Program from June 6 to July 20 and picked up valuable professional and cultural experience from start to finish.
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