On November 11-14, 2019, faculty and students from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) were on the ground in Vietnam for a series of workshops and presentations designed towards sustainable capacity development for injury prevention in the region, share research findings, and convene with collaborators and other experts.

“This trip was a fitting representation of the multidisciplinary work we conduct at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, who was joined by Associate Director Dr. Qingfeng Li, as well as post-doctoral fellow Dr. Eric Thuo, and PhD student Niloufer Taber. “In just four days, our team traveled across Vietnam to work closely with students, researchers, and government officials and cover a variety of injury subjects, including road safety, trauma, drowning prevention, and more.”

Kicking off the trip, the team joined collaborators from the Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH) at a Fogarty International Center-National Institutes of Health-sponsored training on literature review and analysis for injury prevention research. Dr. Cuong Pham, a JH-IIRU collaborator and director of HUPH’s Centre for Injury Prevention and Policy Research (CIPPR), co-led a lecture on road injury and drowning prevention research with Drs. Bachani and Li before Taber facilitated a workshop on scientific literature findings and reviews.

“It's always a pleasure working together with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Dr. Pham. “The strength of our collaboration allows us to expand our collective reach in the region and beyond. Looking ahead, we’re eager to build on our collaborations with future partnership opportunities.”

The following day in Hanoi, Dr. Bachani and the team joined global experts from the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, and HUPH, for the 3rd National Injury Conference in Vietnam, which sought to find long-term solutions to reduce the national burden of injury. In the grand meeting, Dr. Bachani presented on evidence-based policy advocacy and the team supported poster presentations from fellows in the JHU-Hanoi Trauma and Injury Research Program.

On November 13, as part of a post-conference event, local government officials and healthcare providers heard from Dr. Bachani who presented on recommendations for the health sector on injury and drowning prevention and control.

On the final day of the trip, Drs. Li and Pham co-led a dissemination workshop for the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) on measurement and evaluation. Dr. Li presented on the Unit’s work in Ho Chi Minh City over eight rounds of road safety evaluations and provided evidence-based recommendations before leading a discussion on the results and further opportunities for support.