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JH-IIRU Welcomes Newest Faculty Member

Please welcome the newest JH-IIRU faculty member, Dr. Amber Mehmood. Dr. Mehmood,  a trauma surgeon from Aga Khan University (AKU), Pakistan, recently joined the unit as Research Associate.  She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at AKU and has worked extensively on injury prevention and emergency medical services.

While here, Dr. Mehmood will help develop the Injury Unit's portfolio on trauma care in several countries. She brings special expertise in trauma registry development. Amber is not only clinically qualified but also has been a Fogarty/NIH Fellow in the past with us.

 Please join the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit in welcoming her. 

JH-IIRU Contributes to Paper on Trauma Registry Development Implementation in Karachi, Pakistan

While nearly 90% of all worldwide trauma and injury-related deaths and disabilities occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), information about the process and quality of trauma care is lacking, even though a significant number of these deaths could be averted through improvement in trauma care in these countries.

Trauma registries—databases used to monitor and enhance the quality of trauma care—are well-established in many high income countries (HICs), yet in many LMICs they are underdeveloped and incomplete.

Recently, JH-IIRU and colleagues from Aga Khan University published a paper on the development and pilot implementation of a trauma registry in Karachi, Pakistan. The paper examined the structure, process of development and pilot implementation of a locally-developed, electronic registry, The Karachi Trauma Registry (KITR). The paper also described lessons learnt during the implementation.

KITR is the first electronic trauma registry in Pakistan developed with local resources. This registry was able to generate surveillance data such as mechanism of injuries, burden of severe injuries and quality indicators such as length of stay in ED, injury to arrival delay, injury severity and survival probability. This registry is important because TRs have historically been used to promote injury prevention, change policies and evaluate trauma system effectiveness.

“Development and Pilot Implementation of a Locally Developed Trauma Registry: Lessons Learnt in a Low-Income Country,” appears in BMC Emergency Medicine. To read more, click here:

JH-IIRU Staff and Faculty Members Co-Organize and Attend Emergency Medical Services Conference in Pakistan

On March 16, 2013, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, staff member Siran He and associated faculty, Courtland Robinson, attended the Third Annual Emergency Medicine Conference (AEMC) held at the Aga Khan University (AKU).  With approximately 300 medical professionals from around the world attending, the conference focused on emergency care for children in a country where a staggering one in 10 children die before the age of five.

Dr. Adnan Hyder presented “Why is Emergency Care for Children NOT on the Global Health Agenda?” during the opening plenary session, along with a presentation by Dr. Junaid Razzak, chair and associate professor at the AKU Department of Emergency Medicine (AKU-DEM) and longtime JH-IIRU collaborator. Dr. Razzak noted that one out of every four patients in emergency rooms is a child.

Dr. Courtland Robinson, who is the associate director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, chaired a session on injury prevention in public health, as well as participated in a plenary session on disaster preparedness.

The conference, ‘Emergency Care for Children,’ was jointly organized by the AKU-DEM and Johns Hopkins University-Pakistan Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program.  

AEMC group
Left to Right: Dr. Courtland Robinson, Siran He, Dr. Adnan Hyder

Hyder Razzak panel
Dr. Junaid Razzak (far left) and Dr. Adnan Hyder during a panel discussion.

Associate Professor from Aga Khan University School of Nursing Visits the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit

On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani of Aga Khan University (AKU), visited the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) to talk about potential collaborations in injury prevention, violence research and long-term consequences of trauma.

Dr. Karmaliani, who was most recently the Interim Dean at the AKU - School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM), is an associate professor at both SONAM and in the Community Health Sciences (CHS) Department of AKU.  Dr. Karmaliani began her career as a Community Health Nurse and Preceptor in the CHS department at AKU in 1988 and completed her MPH in Public Health Administration in 1994, her MScN in Public Health Nursing Administration in 1997 and her PhD in Nursing, with a focus on Health Systems, Ethics and Program Evaluation in 2000; all from the University of Minnesota.

Since re-joining AKU in 2001, Dr. Karmaliani has served as the Director of the Post RN BScN (2 year), BScN (4 year) and MScN programs.

While here, Dr. Karmaliani also met with David Peters, Director of the Health Systems Programs in the Department of International Health, as well as key members of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, including Dean Martha Hill.

Dr. Karmaliani’s areas of interest include in violence prevention and women and child health and gender equity.

AKU Prof visit
Dr. Daivd Peters, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani and Dr. Adnan Hyder

JH-IIRU Participates in Emergency Medicine Conference

Recently, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder and associate director, Kent Stevens, along with International Health assistant professor and associate director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies, Courtland Robinson, traveled to Pakistan to participate in the Annual Emergency Medicine Conference (AEMC) at the Aga Khan University in Karachi.
The 2012 conference, “Emergency Medical Response in Disasters,” focused on medical response and community preparedness in natural and man-made disasters. Themes of the conference included foundations of disaster medical response, search and rescue operations, restoring health care systems, disaster research, and capacity development and use of technology for disaster medical response. The conference was designed to both examine issues from a Pakistani perspective and foster broader discussions on emergency response. This conference is co-organized by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University which is a WHO Collaborating Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care.

Panel discussion with (L to R) Adnan Hyder and Courtland Robinson at the AEMC.

Adnan Hyder delivers a lecture at the AEMC.

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