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Date: Dec 2017

On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) welcomed a diverse panel of global road safety experts for the 2017 International Symposium on Road Safety and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Adnan Hyder welcomed the symposium guests, comprised by both in-person and virtual livestream attendees, before Associate Director Abdul Bachani outlined the goals of the morning’s event.

Gayle DiPietro, a former Global Manager at Global Road Safety Partnership and current independent road safety consultant, introduced the four panelists, and moderated the conversation. The event featured a panel of experts to discuss global road safety and implementing sustainable development goals in low- and middle-income countries including:

  • Flavio Jose Cravieiro Cunto, Associate Professor, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
  • Coung Pham, Associate Professor, Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research, Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam
  • Francis Afukaar, Chief Research Scientist, Building and Road Research Institute, Ghana
  • KV Krishna Rao, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

The presentations demonstrated the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral response to the death and injury burden of road safety consistent with the SDGs.

JH-IIRU Assistant Scientist Connie Hoe wrapped up the symposium with closing remarks and thanked panelists and audience members. The seminar is available here.

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JH-IIRU Associate Director Abdul Bachani provides an overview of the symposium as panelists prepare for their presentations.

From December 6-8, 2017, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted its collaborators from the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) for two full days of presentations, group discussions, and training sessions.

At the meeting, JH-IIRU faculty and staff convened alongside BIGRS collaborators from eight different cities: Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bogota, Colombia, Bandung, Indonesia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Accra, Ghana, Mumbai, India.

On Wednesday morning, JH-IIRU director Dr. Adnan Hyder welcomed the international guests before providing an overview of the BIGRS project, reviewing the meeting’s goals and objectives, and providing an overview of the monitoring and evaluating of the project—part of a five-year, $125 million effort to reduce the burden of global road traffic injuries and fatalities.

“It was so exciting to welcome such diverse collaborators to our first joint meeting,” said Dr. Hyder. “The opportunity to work together this week has already proven to be invaluable as we work to strengthen data collection on key road safety risk factors.”

 “This has been a good opportunity to share experience from each country and city working on [the BIGRS] project,” said Gabriel Andreuccetti, of the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “More than that, this meeting will allow us to go beyond the sessions in order to learn from our collaborators and see how they relate to research challenges.”

The meeting included in-depth sessions led by the JH-IIRU team including electronic data collection, data use and dissemination, training and capacity development and new challenges.

“It’s great to see all the collaborators in person and learn about everyone’s experiences,” said PP Vedagiri, of IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India. “These lessons will be very useful for the remaining time here in Baltimore and beyond.”

JH-IIRU leadership and faculty assemble with BIGRS collaborators at the Hotel Indigo for a key meeting on global road safety.

JH-IIRU leadership and faculty assemble with BIGRS collaborators at the Hotel Indigo for a key meeting on global road safety.  

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention, is proud to join WHO and partners in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Reflecting a growing understanding that the burden of disability is increasing globally, IDPD celebrates “a day for all.” According to WHO, approximately 15% of the world’s population experiences some form of disability; and more than 90% of these individuals live in low- and middle-income countries. This disproportionate distribution of burden has consequences for individuals with disabilities, their families, and society as a whole.
The JH-IIRU leadership team and its faculty and staff embrace this day’s importance, acknowledging the burden of disability associated not only with injuries but also communicable and non-communicable diseases. With more than one billion people affected, a special emphasis must remain on working in this area.
Here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, JH-IIRU will continue to work towards identifying effective solutions to the growing burden of disabilities in low- and middle-income populations, influence public policy and practice, and advance the field of injury prevention throughout the world for all.
Please join JH-IIRU on social media (Facebook, Twitter) to share how you are celebrating “a day for all.”

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