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.
Leadership and faculty from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), and international partners led a one-week road safety course on the campus of Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR) from August 5-9, 2019. The course, “Implementing Effective Road Safety Programs: Translating evidence to practice for road safety,” invited more than 70 participants from 20+ different cities in Brazil to gain training on the most important aspects of road safety through theoretical and practical sessions tailored for the Brazilian context.
On July 18-19, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit leadership and staff participated in the Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PrevCon) in Washington, D.C.
Providing a meeting space for child injury prevention professionals to connect, collaborate, and share, the biannual event kicked off with a keynote address from Dr. Nhan Tran, JH-IIRU alum and Coordinator for Unintentional Injuries at the World Health Organization. Tran welcomed attendees to the convention before presenting on the current state of injury prevention around the globe, as well as how to leverage innovative frameworks in order to create more positive change in the field.
Director Dr. Abdul Bachani led a parallel session, “Demonstrating Impact: An Introduction to Evaluation and Measurement,” that featured leadership from the AIP Foundation (Vietnam) and Michael Phelps Foundation. Dr. Bachani first presented on the central role that monitoring and evaluation plays in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, and highlighted approaches appropriate for different phases of a program cycle and the need to move beyond process measures to demonstrate impact.
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From July 13-17, 2019, leadership, faculty, and students from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit attended the 2019 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) congress in Basel, Switzerland.
Titled “New Heights in Health Economics,” the 13th World Congress on Health Economics welcomed public health researchers and practitioners from around the world to share findings and collaborate in order to advance the field of health economics.
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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.
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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.
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.
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