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A World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention

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Experts from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership will lead a two-week training course on road safety from March 2-17, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The course, which will be offered to more than 60 participants from across the globe, aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. Topics covered in the course include strategic communication, behavior change, advocacy, urban design, economics, and resource allocation.

“We’re thrilled to help coordinate another iteration of this truly lifesaving course,” said Professor Adnan Hyder, JH-IIRU director. “With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and in collaboration with the Global Road Safety Partnership, we’re able to utilize our team’s expertise and lead sessions to address road safety in low- and middle-income countries around the world.”

In addition to learning modules and group work, the course will take participants on a pair of site visits to Kenyatta Hospital and Kasarani Primary School. These visits will complement lessons learned through the course by placing participants directly into the field to observe post-crash response implementation in Kenya’s largest hospital and understand child road safety interventions in support of school age children, respectively.

“Through this course, we’re able to arm participants with the skills needed to make a significant and much-needed change in their own communities,” said Dr. Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, JH-IIRU deputy director. “Even though low- and middle-income countries account for about half of the world’s vehicles, they represent ninety percent of all road traffic fatalities.”

An additional course on global road safety leadership will be held this summer in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information on the Global Road Safety Leadership Course, please click here


The regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course will be held from March 2 through March 17 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Makerere University School of Public Health will co-host the two-day “East African Injury Symposium” at the Sheraton Kampala in Uganda. The Symposium will be sponsored by the Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability in Uganda (JHU-MU Chronic-TRIAD) program funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center.

The goal of the Symposium is to bring together leading researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and activists from the injury field across East Africa in order to share their research and knowledge, as well as discuss the ways of translating evidence into practice.

“Continuing with our 10th anniversary schedule of events, this Symposium provides the opportunity to engage with decision makers in a region where injuries are a leading cause of death,” said JH-IIRU director Professor Adnan Hyder. “We’ll also honor the first recipient of the JH-IIRU Award for Excellence in Injury Research for a career of dedication to research and practice in injury prevention.”

In addition to faculty from JH-IIRU and Makerere University School of Public Health, Symposium facilitators will include World Health Organization (WHO) Coordinator Dr. Nhan Tran and United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety Mr. Jean Todt.

The Symposium will feature moderated sessions on injury topics—such as EMS, trauma care, and road safety—and overarching research subjects – including causation and consequences, capacity building, and implementation challenges.

Stay tuned for live updates here.

To learn more about the JH-IIRU 10th anniversary, please click here. To read about the JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD program, click here.


The two-day Symposium will be part of JH-IIRU’s 10th anniversary schedule of events covering a diverse array of injury subjects.

On Tuesday, February 15, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted “Alcohol: Leading Risk Factor for Public Health” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The event served as the kick-off event for JH-IIRU’s 10th anniversary celebration schedule in which it will host and participate in a number of events focusing on the Unit’s critical research and training areas.

“This year we’re celebrating a decade of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control,” said JH-IIRU director Dr. Adnan Hyder. “Over ten years, we’ve made such incredible strides in injury research across the globe. We look forward to what’s in store over the next decade.”

Dr. Hyder welcomed guests and introduced the event’s presenters, which included Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth director David Jernigan, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine senior program officer Amy Geller, and JH-IIRU doctoral candidate Nukhba Zia.

In her presentation, Geller outlined her work in the recent report, “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem.” The publication was produced with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and highlights interventions and actions to reduce alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Featured as an appendix in the report is “Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving: Lessons from a Global Review,” written by Dr. Hyder and JH-IIRU research associate Andres Vecino-Ortiz, with help from Zia.

Following the series of presentations, Jernigan, Geller, and Zia engaged in an interactive Q&A session, where participants asked compelling questions ranging from international helmet laws to the role of alcohol in regards to the development of autonomous vehicles.

“Nearly 20 percent of all global road traffic deaths are attributed to alcohol consumption,” said Zia. “This is clearly an international problem and it’s been so valuable to work alongside these experts to help change the landscape of road safety.”

To watch video from the event, please click here. To read the full report, click here.


Nukhba Zia, David Jernigan, Amy Geller, and Adnan Hyder assemble together after their panel on alcohol and public health.

On January 15-16, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) organized its second workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of the Johns Hopkins University-Hanoi School of Public Health Trauma and Injury Research Program (JHU-Hanoi-TRIP).

The workshop, which was held in collaboration with Hanoi University of Public Health, offered more than a dozen public health graduate students and junior researchers the opportunity to develop research capacity in analyzing injury data in order to address the burden of injuries in Vietnam.

“We’re so pleased to see yet another successful workshop here in Hanoi,” said Qingfeng Li, PhD, project Co-Investigator and assistant scientist with JH-IIRU. “Last June, we organized our first workshop and sought to provide a basic knowledge of injury prevention and data collection. Now, through our second workshop, we’ve gone further with advanced discussions, data analysis, and presentations. Our ultimate aim is to strengthen the center of excellence for research on trauma and injuries for Hanoi.”

Director of the Injury Policy and Prevention Research (CIPPR) of Hanoi University of Public Health Dr. Cuong Pham co-facilitated the two-day workshops with Li. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Master of Public Health student Dr. Hal Inada helped deliver the workshop as part of his MPH practicum experience..

Through post-workshop evaluations, participants highly rated the sessions, noting the lectures and group work as substantially improving their knowledge in injury prevention and enhancing their skills in injury data analysis.

The workshops are the result of a five-year grant on injury training in Vietnam from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health that would build on existing work between the JH-IIRU in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hanoi School of Public Health. The grant aims to address public health barriers such as the absence of comprehensive injury prevention training programs and relevant national data.

A third workshop is planned to be held later in 2018.

To learn more about the NIH Grant on Injury Training in Vietnam, please click here.

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JH-IIRU Assistant Scientist Qingfeng Li, PhD, poses with workshop participants.

Professor Rashid Jooma, a renowned neurosurgeon from Aga Khan University, Pakistan and former Director-General Health of the country visited Markerere University School of Public Health as part of the “Traumatic Brain Injury Across the Lifespan in Uganda” project. This project is a partnership between the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) at Johns Hopkins University and the Makerere University School of Public Health and its affiliated Mulago National Referral Hospital in Uganda, funded by the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

During the visit, Dr. Jooma engaged with several neurosurgery colleagues through lectures, as well as teaching sessions. In addition to visiting Makerere University, Dr. Jooma and associates toured Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where he reviewed the proposed traumatic brain injury management protocol for the hospital.

“Kampala was exciting and our colleagues were very welcoming,” said Dr. Jooma. “I spent some time with the neuro surgical team and got a good sense of their work and challenges. Thus, when it came to reviewing the head injury guidelines, we were in a better position to factor in the local context and produce a final product that may be more useful.”

Dr. Jooma’s visit supports the overall goal of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) program to strengthen research capacity on the prevention, hospital based care, and economic consequences of traumatic brain injuries across the lifespan in Uganda through an innovative model of sustainable capacity development.

Dr. Amber Mehmood, Assistant Scientist at JH-IIRU and project manager said, “Dr. Jooma’s visit is one of the culminating experiences of our TBI project and shows how we have enabled south-south interactions as part of this study.”

For more information, see the TBI project description here.

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Dr. Rashid Jooma presents on traumatic brain injuries at Makerere University School of Public Health. 

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