The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, a prestigious honor awarded to companies and organizations that promote road safety around the world.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent, a leading international advocate of road safety, established the award in 1987 to recognize outstanding innovation and achievement in making the world’s roads safer. Each year, according to the World Health Organization’s Global status report on road safety 2018, there are 1.35 million road traffic deaths worldwide. 

Presenting the award HRH Prince Michael of Kent said: ‘“The significant achievements and global reach of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit are truly magnificent.”

Abdul Bachani, PhD, Director, at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, accepted the award from HRH Prince Michael at the annual ceremony held at the Savoy London on December 10. Core faculty Kent Stevens, MD, and Connie Hoe, PhD, attended along with other organizations from across the globe.

“To be recognized for our road safety achievements across initiatives, around the world is a much-deserved honor for our entire team,” says Bachani. “For more than 10 years, we’ve played a leading role in international road safety and on behalf of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, we’re sincerely appreciative of this award.”

Through its role in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and other efforts, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has played a leading role in road safety for more than 10 years and builds on its history of cutting-edge research, innovative capacity development programs, and adaptive practice portfolio to strive for safer roads globally.

In addition to its organizational recognition, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team received an additional honor at the December 10 event as co-organizers of the Global Road Safety Leadership Course, which also earned a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and the Global Road Safety Partnership teams co-lead the twice-annual Global Road Safety Leadership Course, a two-week training program that aims to build leadership capacity to design, implement and advocate for evidence-based road safety programs and policies. The course has trained more than 400 participants from 63 different countries since it was first offered in 2016.

“Working with the Global Road Safety Partnership, we’ve been able to make a real difference across seven offerings both on campus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and abroad,” says Bachani. “We’re grateful for this partnership and look forward to continuing our work with countless more dedicated road safety champions.”

The Unit’s work, both with BIGRS and GRSLC, is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since 2010, through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and its partners have monitored, evaluated, and implemented road safety interventions, as well as led critically important capacity development trainings and workshops.