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On January 23-24, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood joined together with leaders from Hamad Medical Corporation to participate in workshops and progress meetings on critical research subjects, such as occupational injury prevention and road safety. 

Mehmood, along with Hamad Medical Corporation’s leadership team first led a writing workshop focusing on work-related injuries and the evaluation of injury data sources. The workshop, attended by staff of the Hamad Medical Corporation’s injury prevention unit, and hospital trauma surgery and emergency room staff, also covered data analysis regarding cost on injury and trauma care in the Hamad Trauma Center.

Drs. Ruben Peralta, Rafael Consunji, Aisha Abeid, Monira Mollazehi, Nazia Hirani, Tsoler Sekayen, and Cecilia Claudio were part of the core group representing different units of Hamad Medical Corporation.

The team then held progress meetings for a pair of JH-IIRU-related projects, Work-place-injury Unified Registry for Qatar (WURQ) and Young Kids in Safe Seats (Y-KISS).  Mehmood and the Hamad’s core group discussed the sustainability and continuing efforts for work-related injury prevention and control in Qatar, as well as the interventions directed toward awareness and education of labor workforce in Qatar.

Both WURQ and Y-KISS are funded by the Qatar National Research Fund and began in 2015, respectively. The Y-KISS team set out to develop a child car seats program for new parents in Qatar, and determine the effectiveness of a child car seat program for new parents using a randomized study design. Through WURQ, JH-IIRU and its partners set out to understand the epidemiology of workplace injuries in Qatar, develop and pilot test an occupational injury registry for the state, and engage relevant stakeholders to consider occupational injuries as a key public health issue.

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Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood speaks at the 4th Annual AKU Surgical Conference in Karachi, Pakistan.

On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted “Achieving SDGs: Keys to Success for Road Safety.” The event welcomed public health experts from across the globe for a special 90-minute conversation held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and streamed live to international virtual participants.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani moderated the panel, which featured Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Larson, World Health Organization’s Dr. Nhan Tran—a Bloomberg School of Public Health alum, Pan American Health Organization’s Dr. Eugenia Rodriguez, and Office of Public Services of Fortaleza’s Luiz Saboia.

“Today’s event brought together a diverse group of experts to hold a critical conversation on road safety and SDGs that will certainly help move towards progress and life-saving solutions,” said Dr. Bachani. “Being able to meet with leaders and decision-makers from around the world allowed us a unique opportunity to pose important questions and highlight innovative, evidence-based strategies in an effort to reduce the number of lives lost to motor vehicle crashes each and every day.”

The panel, which answered questions from members of the invite-only audience, discussed everything from the alcohol industry’s role in road safety to moving forward beyond the concluding decade of action in 2020. At the conclusion of the panel, Dr. Bachani presented the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Award for Leadership in Injury Prevention to Saboia, on behalf of Fortaleza and its mayor, Roberto Claudio.

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Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Dr. Abdul Bachani served on the panel of road safety experts during "Achieving SDGs: Keys to Success for Road Safety."

On December 10, 2018, representatives from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit participated in the first meeting of the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative Expert Panel in London, England.

Director Abdul Bachani, along with Connie Hoe and Margie Peden, convened with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to form the Panel, which is being tasked with producing a report on sustainable development goals and road safety strategies within the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such a talented, hardworking group, with experts from around the world,” said Bachani. “As part of the Panel’s first meeting, we had a productive series of conversations and came away with clear next steps on how to develop recommendations on reducing road traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth.”

After the conclusion of the meeting on December 12, Bachani and the JH-IIRU team joined Expert Panel members at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards. Prince Michael of Kent announced the award winners, which included the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) for its Global Designing Cities Initiative.

The CRSI was launched to promote the adoption of a target to halve deaths and serious injuries from road crashes in Commonwealth countries by 2030. As a group, the Initiative will develop a shared framework of best practice in road injury prevention for legislators, policy makers, private sector, and civil society.

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JH-IIRU Director Abdul Bachani meets with Prince Michael of Kent at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards in London, England.

On December 13-14, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Research Associate Isaac Botchey led a monitoring and evaluation workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

More than 30 participants were in attendance and were given the opportunity to conduct roadside observational data collection, analyze data, and develop action plans.

“We believe that building local capacity is essential for a country to achieve its road safety objectives,” said Botchey. “The success we had here in Ethiopia will go a long way in reducing the number of lives lost to road traffic accidents.”

The workshop addressed a pair of sustainable development goals, outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Goal 3, Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
  • Goal 11, Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

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Workshop participants are seen here conducting roadside observational data collection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On Wednesday, November 28, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team members participated in a parallel session panel at the 15th International Conference on Urban Health in Kampala, Uganda.

Titled “Health systems for all: responding to the increasing burden of disability and its consequences,” the panel was chaired by JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and featured additional presentations including a session by JH-IIRU’s Nukhba Zia.

In addition to chairing the panel, Dr. Bachani kicked off the event with a presentation of his own, on strategies to address disability from a global perspective. He then introduced Medi Ssengooba, a disability activist and lawyer, who took the podium and spoke about experience living with disability in an urban setting.

Zia, a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, then presented on measurement approaches and understanding the burden and consequences of disability. Uganda Ministry of Health’s Dr. Stanley Bubikire wrapped up the panel with his presentation on addressing disability in Uganda.

The conference, organized by the International Society for Urban Health, runs through Friday, November 30. The theme for this year’s event is “Managing Urbanization for Health: A Priority for All Nations” and focuses on six critical sub-themes to be addressed: 1) the governance of complex systems; 2) culture and inclusivity; 3) disasters, epidemics, and the unexpected; 4) cities as economic engines; 5) safety, security, and justice; and 6) spiritual health in the city.

To learn more about the conference, click here.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani takes the podium to present during the conference's panel in Kampala, Uganda.

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