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On Monday, March 9, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presented on the state of global road safety as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy’s fourth-term graduate seminar series. In the talk, titled “Global Road Safety: Why Haven’t We Done Better?,” Dr. Bachani outlined the international landscape of the road safety epidemic and the necessary next steps to make a difference.

Sponsored by JHCIRP and the Environmental Research Center, the fourth-term seminar series features presentations from a diverse group of experts across injury policy and research specialties.


JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents on global road safety during a graduate seminar hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, PhD, MHS has been named director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), beginning August 1, 2018. Dr. Bachani will become JH-IIRU’s second director, succeeding founding Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, who was recently named Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor in Global Health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. 

Dr. Bachani, an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where the Unit is based, has played a critical role in JH-IIRU’s first 10 years of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control. A founding member of the Unit, he first served as associate director for training and capacity development before becoming deputy director. As director of JH-IIRU, Dr. Bachani will continue his leadership of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of faculty and scientists in injury prevention research, collaboration, and training.  

“We are thrilled to see Dr. Abdul Bachani in this new leadership role with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Dr. David Peters, Edgar Berman Chair in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “His experience in the department and within the Unit will serve the team well to continue their lifesaving work across the globe.”

As deputy director of JH-IIRU, Dr. Bachani played a key role for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Focusing on four road safety risk factors, BIGRS focuses on improving road safety in 10 cities around the world through generation of evidence, evaluation of road safety risk factors, and development and implementation of programs.

“We are excited that Dr. Bachani has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Kelly Larson, who oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’  injury prevention programs. “We’ve valued Dr. Adnan Hyder’s leadership at JH-IIRU and wish him the best in his next endeavor. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Unit, particularly in road safety and drowning prevention.”

Dr. Bachani currently leads a multi-country study to understand long-term health, societal, and economic consequences of physical disability. He also leads efforts to train other public health professionals and scholars to build capacity for injury and disability research in low- and middle-income countries globally, and led the development of Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP), one of the first free, online training certificate programs hosted by JH-IIRU.

A champion of child injury prevention, Dr. Bachani is also leading efforts to integrate innovative mobile health approaches to child injury prevention.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit launched in 2008 as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention. Since its inception, JH-IIRU has been at the forefront of global injury prevention studies and looks to continue its excellence in research and practice for years to come.

An alum from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Bachani earned his PhD from the School in 2011 and his MHS in 2008.

Each year, the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR) searches peer-reviewed and grey literature on emergency medicine to find the most important and upcoming research in the field.

This year, of the several thousand articles reviewed, “The cost of injury and trauma care in low- and middle-income countries: a review of economic evidence,” published in the journal Health Policy and Planning, was selected as one of the top global emergency medicine articles of 2013.

Written by JH-IIRU team members Hadley Wesson, associate director Abdul Bachani and director Adnan Hyder, as well as colleagues Nonkululeko Boikhutso and Karen J. Hofman, the paper suggests that while there is an urgent need to push injury prevention to the forefront of public health initiatives and to understand the costs associated with injury, there is a lack of injury-related economic evidence from LMICs. The paper goes on to summarize the body of economic evidence on injury in LMICs; assess the quality of cost-effectiveness studies using standard methods to highlight the role of economic data as a tool for injury-prevention advocacy; and provide recommendations regarding economic evaluations in LMICs.

“We are delighted to have one of our publications selected by GEMLR this year,” said Hyder. “Emergency medicine, especially in low-income settings, is vitally important and we hope this distinction will help guide policy makers when prioritizing public health funding and initiatives.

Formed in 2005, GEMLR seeks encourage the development of the field of emergency medicine globally by providing clear and accessible scientific literature. The review searches thousands of peer-reviewed and grey literature, and selects those of the highest quality to illustrate best practices and encourage additional research in the field of global emergency medicine.

On June 25 – 26, 2014, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) director, Adnan Hyder, and associate director, Abdul Bachani, participated in the Research Week 2014 Summit at the Universiti Putra (UPM) in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The two-day summit, organized by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the university, featured discussions ranging from clinical trials to responsible conduct of research. 

Dr. Hyder gave a plenary talk, “Global Road Safety: Evaluation Strategies in 10 Countries,” in which he discussed the work of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program.

Drs. Hyder and Bachani met with UPM leadership, including vice chancellor Dr. Mohd Ramlan, deputy vice chancellor Professor M. Nasir Shamdsudin and deputy dean of research, Dr. Zamberi Sekawi to discuss collaborations on projects such as child injuries in the home. They also met with longtime collaborator, Dr. Kulanthayan KC Mani from the Road Safety Research Center at UPM to discuss mutual collaborations.

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Dr. Hyder (right) with Dr. Tahir (left), Director for the Institute for Public Health in Malaysia
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Dr. Adnan Hyder speaks at the plenary session, Global Road Safety: Evaluation Strategies in 10 Countries

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