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

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Date: Jun 2017

On May 2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research (JH-IIRU) faculty, including Drs. Adnan Hyder, Qingfeng Li, and Kunle Alonge, attended a Bloomberg Philanthropies meeting on drowning prevention in New York City. The objectives of the meeting were to: highlight the global burden of drowning; review current evidence on drowning prevention interventions; identify priority drowning prevention gaps that need increased attention and discuss communications strategies to raise global awareness of drowning prevention.

At the meeting, Michael Bloomberg, World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced a $25 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global drowning prevention program.

The first phase of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ drowning program was launched in 2012 and focused on two countries – Bangladesh and the Philippines. The Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh project aimed to reduce the shocking number of childhood deaths due to drowning in the South Asian country. This study allowed researchers from JH-IIRU to examine how lives could be saved using a package of interventions, including playpens and community daycares, for children under five years of age. The program found that community-based daycares are very effective in preventing drowning in children under five. On May 2, Bloomberg Philanthropies released a video that documents the work conducted by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and local organizations to reduce drowning deaths in Bangladesh. JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, is featured in the powerful video.

The second phase of the program will expand the use of daycares and support survival swimming in Vietnam. In addition, the program will continue to support community-based daycares in Bangladesh, and will pursue funding to incorporate daycare into national government programs. The program will also implement national drowning surveys in two countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Bloomberg Philanthropies will be working with several partners in this effort, including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for implementation and monitoring through 2022.

During the meeting, Drs. Adnan Hyder and Kunle Alonge presented current and new evidence on primary drowning prevention strategies, including daycares and barriers. In addition, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization released Preventing drowning: an implementation guide. The report provides a range of effective drowning prevention strategies and highlights ways to harness public awareness and engagement to strengthen drowning prevention interventions.

Read more about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ drowning prevention program here.

A community-based daycare in Bangladesh

Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Kelly Henning and local collaborators visit a community-based daycare

Recently, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty and staff, including Drs. Abdul Bachani, Amber Mehmood and Isaac Botchey, traveled to Munyonyo, Uganda to attend a symposium and injury forum.

On April 25, 2017, the team attended a National Symposium on Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The objectives of the symposium were to: review the status of EMS in Uganda; clarify the roles of the various sectors and agencies in the EMS; make recommendations on how EMS in Uganda can be organized; and identify challenges to the delivery of care. Dr. Amber Mehmood presented a paper on a comprehensive EMS assessment in Kampala, Uganda. Presenting on different prehospital care models, Dr. Mehmood recommended to adopt a health systems approach for improving prehospital care. 165 people attended the symposium.

Dr. Mehmood presents a paper

Dr. Amber Mehmood presents a paper on EMS models

On April 26, 2017, faculty and staff attended the 3rd National Uganda Injury Forum. The theme of the forum was “Mainstreaming injury prevention and control within and across sectors.” The objectives of the forum were to: describe the work of various sectors in addressing road traffic injuries, gender based violence and occupational injuries; explore the opportunities for working together; and propose practical ways of working across sectors. At the forum, Dr. Abdul Bachani chaired a session on multi-sectoral response to road traffic injury. Nearly 200 people attended the one-day forum.

The forum and symposium were both organized by the Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Chronic Consequences of Trauma, Injury and Disability (JHU-MU Chronic TRIAD) program, funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read more about the Chronic TRIAD program here.

Group photo

Drs. Abdulgafoor Bachani, Olive Kobusingye and Amber Mehmood with fellows of JHU-MU Chronic-TRIAD program

On April 20, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, participated in a stakeholders meeting on road safety in Shanghai, China as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

Over 20 people attended the one-day meeting, including international road safety experts and representatives from the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee, the Shanghai traffic police, and the Shanghai Transportation Committee.

Dr. Li presented the latest BIGRS monitoring and evaluation findings for Shanghai, including results from four rounds of observational studies. His findings showed only 24% of electronic bike riders wear helmets, less than 5% of child passengers were properly restrained, and slightly more than half (55%) of front passengers use seatbelts.

During the meeting, the road safety experts discussed a road infrastructure renovation plan, media campaigns, police training, and a project evaluation plan.

Dr. Qingfeng Li attends BIGRS meeting

Dr. Qingfeng Li presents the latest findings for Shanghai

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to announce the winners of its photo contest in honor of the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week. 

We would like to thank everyone who entered our photo contest! Your participation brought awareness to speed management and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. We received many great entries that captured speed enforcement initiatives including speed cameras, police officers enforcing the speed limit, speed limit signs, speed bumps and education. 

For the contest, participants were asked to send up to three original photos that captured speed enforcement initiatives. Each entry was judged on the basis of content (relevance to category) and quality (e.g. lighting, composition, focus) by an independent panel of judges. 

Congratulations to our first and second place winners:

First Place Winner

First place: Vinothkumar Kandasamy

Twitter handle: @vinoth_iROLL

Caption: Hazard: Intersection at curve, high speed traffic, poor visibility, merging road located in down gradient, U turn sign board Rectifications: Warning sign board, thermo plastic rumble strips, cat eyes and posted speed limit. 

Location: Tamilnadu, India

Second Place Winner

Second place: Simin Haghighi

Twitter handle: @SiminHaghighi

Caption: School Children learn new topics about road safety

Location: Mashhad City, Iran

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