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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

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

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Date: May 2014

Capacity development is a core feature of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit's (JH-IIRU) efforts to address the global burden of injuries. Our training and capacity development efforts, which span all facets of injury prevention, focus on combining a strong public health approach, scientific principles and examples of challenges and successes from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

JH-IIRU faculty cover the basic sciences of public health (epidemiology and biostatistics), social sciences (behavior and communications), health systems analysis (health economics), ethics and issues of cultural sensitivity (equity) and primarily engage with public health professionals, medical and research personnel, as well as graduate students from LMICs.

In the spring of 2013, JH‐IIRU extended our training and capacity‐building work with the launch of a free, online certificate training program, Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP). Through RTIP, participants from around the world may take online courses. Upon successful completion, they earn a certificate issued through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).

The program is comprised of seven multimedia educational modules that cover a wide range of topics, from the basics of road traffic injury prevention to setting up injury surveillance systems, evaluating road safety interventions and influencing policy on road traffic injuries (RTIs). The lectures are taught by a variety of instructors, including JH-IIRU faculty as well as experts in the field of injury prevention control and trauma care from around the world. Participants can take the courses at their own pace and each module features pre- and post-knowledge assessments.

This program is available at no cost through the public health workforce training and management system (TRAMS) for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since its launch in April 2013, more than 1000 people from nearly 150 countries have enrolled in the program. One hundred twelve of them have since successfully completed the program.

The program is open to policy makers, researchers, educators and anyone in the general public interested in learning more about RTIs. We do not offer academic credit, but do provide a certificate for completing course modules.

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The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) was recently awarded a grant from the NIH Fogarty International Center as part of the Fogarty Global Health Research and Research Training eCapacity Initiative.  The Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Electronic Trauma, Injuries and Disability (JHU-MU E-TRIAD) in Uganda will build on the partnership for research and capacity development established between the Johns Hopkins University and Makerere University to study Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injuries and Disability (Chronic TRIAD) Across the Lifespan in Uganda.

The project, co-led by JH-IIRU director Adnan Hyder and associate director Abdul Bachani, will build on Makerere University (MU) School of Public Health’s demonstrated interest in expanding its teaching and research focused on trauma, injuries and disability by strengthening capacity for information and communication technology (ICT)-supported research and training (e-capacity) at the university.  By training health professionals and academics with new tools to enhance the conduct of research on nationally relevant issues in trauma, injuries and disability, the institutions will work to create a sustainable platform for researchers, faculty, and staff to maintain and plan for further integration of e-capacity in training and research for global health at MU.

The long-term goal of the program is to establish a center at MU dedicated to the appropriate use of ICT in global health research and training.

Fogarty's Global Health Research and Research Training eCapacity Initiative aims to support innovative research education programs to teach researchers at low and middle income country (LMIC) institutions the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into global health research and research training.

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May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM), and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) supports the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in their efforts to address the issue of road safety among young people. We encourage a worldwide conversation to call attention to road traffic fatalities not only in the United States, but around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries, were nearly 95% of youth road traffic fatalities occur.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World report on child injury prevention, 2008, more than 260,000 children die as a result of road traffic crashes each year, with an estimated 10 million more sustaining non-life threatening injuries. Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the global leading cause of death for children 15-19 years, and the second leading cause of death for children 5-14 years.  What’s more, RTI’s rank within the top 15 causes of disease burden worldwide for children under 14.

National Youth Global Youth Traffic Safety Month® (GYTSM) was formed in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the United Nations 2007 Global Road Safety Week.

To find out more about GYTSM, visit the NOYS site:

To read the WHO’s World report on child injury prevention, click here:

To find out more about JH-IIRU’s global road safety work, visit our publication list here, as well as our special issues on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program:

From May 1-3, 2014, JH-IIRU technical advisor David Bishai and graduate student Huan He attended the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meeting in Boston.

Dr. Bishai was on hand to present his work on education for children resulting from unwanted pregnancies in Bangladesh as well as to participate in the session, “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Mortality.” Huan was there to present her work with Dr. Bishai and others on the relationship of economic development to road traffic fatalities and fatalities per crash in 73 Russian federal districts.

Bishai He PAA
Huan He and David Bishai present their work on economic factors and road traffic fatalities. 

The poster, “Economic Development and Road Traffic Fatalities in Russian Federal Districts, 2004-2011” was presented during the poster session, “Economy, Labor Force, Education and Inequality," and had the unique advantage of being the only project on Russia in that session.  Huan received positive feedback, especially in terms of uniqueness of data sources and complexity, rigid methods and the capacity to show the change in road traffic fatalities in Russia. She felt it was helpful to discuss the project with colleagues in the field of demography and to be able to network with potential collaborators. In particular, a participant from suggested using the Russian dash-cam recordings on YouTube to learn about the context and severity of crashes in the country. Other colleagues provided insights on how to explain the time trend we found on Russian RT fatalities, and how to incorporate law enforcement in this study. This project is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program. Access the abstract here.

Established more than 80 years ago and focused mainly on the topics of death, birth and migration of people, PAA is one of the largest and most prestigious conferences on population science, both in the United States and internationally.  Learn more here.


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