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Date: Mar 2013

On March 16, 2013, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, staff member Siran He and associated faculty, Courtland Robinson, attended the Third Annual Emergency Medicine Conference (AEMC) held at the Aga Khan University (AKU).  With approximately 300 medical professionals from around the world attending, the conference focused on emergency care for children in a country where a staggering one in 10 children die before the age of five.

Dr. Adnan Hyder presented “Why is Emergency Care for Children NOT on the Global Health Agenda?” during the opening plenary session, along with a presentation by Dr. Junaid Razzak, chair and associate professor at the AKU Department of Emergency Medicine (AKU-DEM) and longtime JH-IIRU collaborator. Dr. Razzak noted that one out of every four patients in emergency rooms is a child.

Dr. Courtland Robinson, who is the associate director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, chaired a session on injury prevention in public health, as well as participated in a plenary session on disaster preparedness.

The conference, ‘Emergency Care for Children,’ was jointly organized by the AKU-DEM and Johns Hopkins University-Pakistan Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program.  

AEMC group
Left to Right: Dr. Courtland Robinson, Siran He, Dr. Adnan Hyder

Hyder Razzak panel
Dr. Junaid Razzak (far left) and Dr. Adnan Hyder during a panel discussion.

We want to take a walk in your shoes.

On May 6-12, 2013, the UN will hold its Second Global Road Safety week, dedicated to pedestrian safety.   The week, requested by the UN General Assembly, is part of global efforts to draw attention to the growing burden of road traffic injuries, specifically the more than 300,000 pedestrians who are killed each year. A greater awareness of the impact of road traffic injuries is key to getting decision- and policy-makers involved. Enacting appropriate laws, enhancing enforcement and ensuring links with other modes of transport can save lives.

You can get involved by helping the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) draw attention to the needs of pedestrians.

Are your roads safe for pedestrians? Show Us.

Answer this question with a photo and you could win an iPod Nano!

Contest Dates:

Submit no more than five photographs (image size must be at least 1600x1200 pixels, JPEG format) between March 18-April 18, 2013

How to enter:

  1. Take a photo that answers the question, “Are your roads safe for pedestrians?”
  2. Email your photo to (From an email address where we can be sure to reach you).
  3. Include your name and phone number in your message.
  4. Specify where the photo was taken and supply a caption that describes how the photo answers the question “Are your roads safe for pedestrians?”


Open to all with the exception of faculty, staff and students associated with JH-IIRU.


First Prize:           iPod Nano
Second Prize:      iPod Shuffle

Please note that prizes will awarded only if there are at least three photographs submitted by at least two individuals.


Official Rules:

These rules govern your participation in the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health photo contest (Contest). Participation in the Contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules:

Entry period:

You may enter the Contest from March 18- April 18, 2013 (Contest Period). The Contest is sponsored and run by the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at 615 N Wolfe Street, Room E8007, Baltimore, MD, 21205 USA. The Contest allows five (5) photos per participant, and JH-IIRU will treat the person who holds the email address of an eligible photo submission as the contest participant.

All entries must be received by April 18, 2013 to qualify for consideration. Entries must be submitted via the email address

At a minimum, digital images must be approximately 1600x1200 pixels. Photos below the minimum resolution, collages, digitally altered photos, and/or photos without completed captions are not eligible for consideration.

Photos will be judged on the basis of content (relevance to category) and quality (e.g. lighting, composition, focus) by an independent panel of judges for prizes. All voting decisions are final. JH-IIRU reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is, in JH-IIRU discretion, inappropriate, offensive or demeaning to the Unit’s reputation or goodwill, or contrary to the Unit’s mission or these rules.  JH-IIRU reserves the right to not select a winner if all submitted photo entries do not meet the overall expectations of the contest.

Entries that violate copyright or the laws of the country in which they were taken are not acceptable.

A winning photo will be chosen April 30, 2013. Once the winner is chosen, we will notify the winning participants via email and the contact information provided.

Use of photos:

By submitting a photo as part of the Contest, you agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license for full and unrestricted use of that photo to JH-IIRU. JH-IIRU reserves the right to evaluate each entry’s eligibility under the rules as well as for compliance with the US Copyright Act and any and all other applicable laws.

By submitting an entry, you are representing and warranting that the subject in your entry is authorized to be photographed and included on the JH-IIRU website, in publications promoting the Unit and its mission.

JH-IIRU reserves the right to crop your photograph for editorial purposes.

Contest participants understand that when the Contest is over, their entries may be selected for inclusion in the JH-IIRU photograph collection and may be used for educational or promotional purposes.

class="normal"By entering the contest, the participant grants to JH-IIRU a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to use such photographs on its website, and publicity and other works as may be necessary to meet the requirements of JH-IIRU, and to do so without requiring JH-IIRU to notify the participant, seek the participant’s permission, or owe any form of compensation to the participant. This agreement will apply to all photographs and other submissions supplied to JH-IIRU by the participant and shall remain in effect until cancelled in writing by either party or superseded by a subsequent agreement. The participant understands that these images will provide useful information related to people, their living conditions, and their health, and that requests to use the photos will be carefully screened for appropriate and respectful objectives.


This week, two important global safety meetings will take place at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  

The first will be to address effective coordination and implementation of activities for child injury prevention in low- and middle-income countries and the second will be to launch the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013. The director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, Dr. Adnan Hyder, will be attending both.

As part of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the Global Status Reports on Road Safety will serve as monitoring tools to measure the impact of the Decade on stabilizing and then reducing the level of road traffic deaths around the world.

 Road traffic injuries kill nearly 1.3 million people annually and if current trends continue, road crashes are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

Follow Dr. Hyder on Twitter for live coverage of the events: and check our Twitter page for updates, too!

And stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of the launch of the Global Status Report. 


Contributing to nearly 2.0% of all deaths, road traffic injuries (RTIs) are a major public health threat in the Republic of Turkey.  Unfortunately, major gaps in data collection, particularly with respect to RTIs, continue to exist in the country, despite the significance of this growing epidemic.

Because of this, a team--including Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) associated faculty, Prasanthi Puvanachandra and research assistant Connie Hoe, as well as colleagues from the Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey-- have analyzed available secondary data sources and completed a comprehensive review of scientifically published studies in order to present an overview of the epidemiology of RTIs in Turkey.

Their findings, published in the paper, “Burden of Road Traffic Injuries in Turkey,” reveal the burden of RTIs on the health of the Turkish population.  Despite new technologies such as the novel digital recording systems to record pre-hospital services and GPS tracking of road traffic crashes by police, which have allowed for a more accurate picture of the burden of RTIs in Turkey, there are still considerable gaps and limitations within the data systems. Incorporation of standardized definitions, regular data audits and timely review of collected data will improve the utility of RTI data and allow it to be used to influence policy.

As part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries project (RS-10), in 2012, JH-IIRU published “Public Health Burden of Road Traffic Injuries: An Assessment from Ten Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” a special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention. This landmark publication includes 11 scientific papers jointly authored with 50 colleagues from JH-IIRU and their in-country collaborators that contribute much-needed new knowledge to the burgeoning issue of road traffic injuries in low- and middle- income countries.

You can access the full article along with the entire special issue here:

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