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JH-IIRU Leadership Co-Hosts Global Launch of Rehabilitation Project with USAID

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, with leadership from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, co-hosted the global launch of a new project with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen rehabilitation services in low- and middle-income countries on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

In the webinar event, Dr. Bachani welcomed more than 300 attendees from around the world to introduce the program, Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS), which aims to improve the quality of life, functionality, and independence through simple interventions at the primary care level and the use of technology to bring rehabilitation closer to where affected individuals live.

"Today's event is not only an exciting milestone for the ReLAB-HS consortium and our partners, but I feel as though it also marks a significant leap forward for the fields of health systems and rehabilitation," said Dr. Bachani. "We all know and acknowledge that rehabilitation is integral to the overall health and wellbeing of individuals and these services help people lead full and independent lives."

Following his introduction, Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie spoke to the School's commitment to critical health issues around the world and shared her excitement for the ReLAB-HS project.

"This groundbreaking effort will bring rehabilitation services to the forefront and find avenues for integration and health systems in low- and middle-income countries," said MacKenzie. "We recognize the remarkable work that all our partners are doing in the field and I'm also confident in the staunch leadership of Abdul and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit that they bring to this project."

USAID Senior Technical Advisor for Rehabilitation Kirsten Lentz and Nossal Institute of Global Health Director Barbara McPake also spoke during the welcome session.

David H. Peters, the Edgar Berman Chair in International Health, moderated a session on the status of the field and opportunities in health systems and rehabilitation, before Rachael Lowe, co-founder and president of Physiopedia, led an introduction to the project and transitioned to a panel discussion featuring project partners from MiracleFeet, UCP Wheels for Humanity, and Humanity & Inclusion.

Nabeel Akram, ReLAB-HS Director of Operations and faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded with closing remarks and a thank you to the entire consortium team and technical partners.

"This strategic investment of U.S. government through the ReLAB-HS project towards integration of AT-inclusive rehabilitation into the broader context of universal health coverage and health systems is, to my mind, simply groundbreaking," said Akram. "Thanks all for joining and participating. This is only the beginning."

The full video replay of the ReLAB-HS global launch is available here. To learn more about the project, please click here.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Receives Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

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....Click here to read more.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Leadership Joins Together for Launch of Commonwealth Report

Leadership from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) joined fellow global road safety experts for the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative’s (CRSI) launch of the Commonwealth Expert Panel Report on Tuesday, December 9, in London. The report aims to put road safety on the agenda of the Commonwealth and includes 10 key, evidence-based recommendations. ...Click here to read more.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Leadership Participates in Latest United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Meeting

Dr. Abdul Bachani, Director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), will be in Geneva, Switzerland on October 29-30, 2019 for the 28th UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) meeting. Dr. Bachani joins road safety experts and collaborators from around the world.

While in Geneva, members of the UNRSC will participate in critical conversations on global road safety and also prepare for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held in Stockholm, Sweden on February 19-20, 2020. A member of the High Level Consultative Committee, Dr. Bachani and JH-IIRU have been closely involved in preparations for the conference....Click here to read more.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Participates in Childhood Injury Prevention Convention

On July 18-19, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit leadership and staff participated in the Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PrevCon) in Washington, D.C.

Providing a meeting space for child injury prevention professionals to connect, collaborate, and share, the biannual event kicked off with a keynote address from Dr. Nhan Tran, JH-IIRU alum and Coordinator for Unintentional Injuries at the World Health Organization. Tran welcomed attendees to the convention before presenting on the current state of injury prevention around the globe, as well as how to leverage innovative frameworks in order to create more positive change in the field.

Director Dr. Abdul Bachani led a parallel session, “Demonstrating Impact: An Introduction to Evaluation and Measurement,” that featured leadership from the AIP Foundation (Vietnam) and Michael Phelps Foundation. Dr. Bachani first presented on the central role that monitoring and evaluation plays in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, and highlighted approaches appropriate for different phases of a program cycle and the need to move beyond process measures to demonstrate impact.

Mirjam Sidik, CEO of the AIP Foundation (Vietnam), presented on planning and evaluating a local road safety program, while Cathy Bennett, Program Director of the Michael Phelps Foundation provided an overview of the foundation’s “im program,” for which the foundation partners with JH-IIRU to assess and improve the program.

Staff represented the Unit at the convention exhibit hall, which featured more than 70 booths from research institutions, government agencies, and injury prevention product and technology vendors.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents during PrevCon's parallel session on measurement and evaluation.