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Date: Oct 2018

On October 10-12, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team members participated in a series of meetings at the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) Partners Meeting, held at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York City.

The gathering invited partners of the BIGRS consortium to connect and hear from one another on project updates and research and intervention highlights from around the world. Partners—including Vital Strategies, Global Road Safety Partnership, World Bank, and World Health Organization—joined together with JH-IIRU for the three-day event.

Michal Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies offered welcoming remarks on Wednesday, October 10, before introductions from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Henning and Kelly Larson and brief highlights from local city officials who shared success stories as results of the consortium work.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani then took the podium to provide a status report on seven rounds of observational studies that he and his team led across the 10 BIGRS cities: Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Bandung, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Addis Ababa, Ethopia; Accra, Ghana; Mumbai, India; and Shanghai, China.

“The work conducted by our team during this second phase of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety program has generated such positive results across a number of risk factors,” said Dr. Bachani. “To present our work alongside partners from the consortium who are on the ground implementing these interventions, it’s a real opportunity for continued in the field of road safety.”

Later in the week, Dr. Bachani joined Global Road Safety Partnership program manager Judy Fleiter for a presentation on the Global Road Safety Leadership Course. Through five offerings, the course has certified more than 300 participants from 50 different countries. It was also announced during the presentation that the next regional offering will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring of 2019.

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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team members join alongside Bloomberg Philanthropies officials and BIGRS consortium partners.

On October 3-4, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) leadership attended the 26th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Abdul Bachani, director of JH-IIRU represented the Unit for the meeting, held biannually to discuss global road safety issues. In the fall convention, the UNRSC team shared updates on the United Nations road safety strategy and discussed current and future activities of the UNRSC project groups, including road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response.

“The latest meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, once again helped to advance strategy and reinforce capacity development for an issue as critically important as road safety,” said Dr. Bachani, attending his first meeting as director of JH-IIRU. “We’re grateful for the opportunity for this team of collaborators to meet in person and re-engage on such essential topics within the field.”

During the meeting, UNRSC officials also announced details for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week, which will be held on May 6-12, 2019 with the theme “Leadership for Road Safety.”

In addition to membership with the UNRSC, Dr. Bachani and JH-IIRU are currently working with a consortium of partners to improve road safety in 10 low- and middle-income countries through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.​

On September 26-28, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood and Doctoral Candidate Nukhba Zia presented at the Annual Meeting of AAST & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery and the 4th World Trauma Congress in San Diego, California.

Dr. Mehmood presented on the determinants of emergency department discharge dispositions of patients with traumatic brain injury. Zia presented on the causes and outcomes of unintentional and intentional traumatic brain injuries in Uganda.

“Presenting at the 4th World Trauma Congress and interacting with surgery and trauma practitioners and researchers from around the world was such a valuable opportunity,” said Dr. Mehmood. “We hope this will be the first of many opportunities to present at the conference and we’re so thankful for study support by the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.”

The work stems from the Unit’s project, Traumatic Brain Injury Across the Lifespan in Uganda (TBI-Uganda), a tablet-based hospital registry implemented at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda and a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, and Mulago Hospital.

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Zia and Mehmood represented the Unit for the first time at the 4th World Trauma Congress from September 26-29, 2018 in San Diego, California.

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