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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.

From July 13-17, 2019, leadership, faculty, and students from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit attended the 2019 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Titled “New Heights in Health Economics,” the 13th World Congress on Health Economics welcomed public health researchers and practitioners from around the world to share findings and collaborate in order to advance the field of health economics.

On Monday, July 15, JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presented on new findings highlighting the critical role that access to appropriate rehabilitation services has in improving both functioning and resumption of work post-injury. Dr. Bachani and students Rantimi Adetunji and Niloufer Taber, along with international partners Cuong Pham (Hanoi University of Public Health) and Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Yusoff (Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia) contributed to the research.

“Ensuring access to appropriate and effective rehabilitation services is fundamental to improving functioning post-injury and enabling individuals resume life and work activities,” said Dr. Bachani. “By applying health systems and behavioral economics research methods, we can enhance our understanding on how to better integrate rehabilitation services into health systems and thereby reduce the health, economic, and societal impact of injuries.”

Assistant Scientist Andres Vecino-Ortiz was also on hand to share his recent work in health economics and chair related presentations in the field.

The next congress, a biennial event, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 24-28, 2021.

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From May 20-24, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team visited Gaborone for the inception of a new partnership with the MVA Fund and the National Road Safety Council in Botswana. The JH-IIRU team – led by Director Dr. Abdul Bachani – met with local officials, led a stakeholder engagement workshop, and agreed on a plan for the assessment.

“This week has been full of very productive and insightful meetings with key Botswanan policy and decision makers,” said JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani. “We were able to meet with so many individuals who are committed to making a difference in Botswana. Our assessment and subsequent recommendations will pave the way to continued success in saving lives here in Botswana.”

Over the course of the week, the JH-IIRU team met with representatives from national agencies, such as the Department of Road Transport and Safety, and the Ministry of Health, in addition to institutions such as the local Red Cross, University of Botswana, and local emergency medical service stations and trauma centres.

Following meeting with local officials, Dr. Bachani and his team led an official project launch and held a stakeholder engagement workshop, which included an introduction to the Botswana National Road Safety Strategy and related activities identified under the plan such as safer vehicles, safer roads and mobility, and post-crash care.

Through this promising new initiative, the JH-IIRU team will construct a comprehensive of road safety interventions that have been conducted in Botswana, and to evaluate their effectiveness as well as identify areas for improvement. This assessment is expected to inform the development of Botswana’s new national road safety strategy.

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Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and the JH-IIRU team spoke with officials from Botswana's Ministry of Health and Department of Road Transport and Safety, among other institutions, as they laid the groundwork in conducting their road safety assessment. 

On May 16, 2019, leadership and faculty from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) traveled to St. Charles, Illinois to share assessment findings and initiate a new phase of its partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and Research Associate Priyanka Agrawal were on hand to share their assessment of MPF’s “IM” Program, which launched in 2010 and includes swim instruction and drowning prevention lessons. The evaluation assessed the program’s effectiveness in training more than 20,000 children across nearly 40 Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“Through our evaluation of the IM Program, we found significant success in terms of access and reach,” said Dr. Bachani. “Nearly 4,500 additional families had access to swim training that otherwise would not have had any. And the program helped participating children overcome a number of different obstacles, including fear, anxiety, and depression.”

Dr. Bachani and the JH-IIRU team will continue to work with the Foundation through the next phase of evaluations, when they’ll conduct a systematic evaluation focusing on the program’s impact.

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JH-IIRU's Dr. Abdul Bachani and Priyanka Agrawal traveled to St. Charles, Illinois to share evaluation findings with the Michael Phelps Foundation.

Beginning on Sunday, March 10, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit faculty and staff – along with colleagues at the Global Road Safety Partnership – will kick off the 2019 Regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course. More than 60 participants from 21 different countries will take part in the offering in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Global Road Safety Leadership Course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. Now in its fourth year, the course includes modules on road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, post-crash response, and advocating for road safety passage and implementation.
 
“Each offering provides us with a new opportunity to meet and work with inspiring individuals from all around the world,” said JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani – an instructor during the course. “The next two weeks will feature stimulating learning sessions and dynamic group work designed to enhance effective leadership skills for our participants.”
 
During the course, participants will take part in a number of interactive sessions, led by facilitators from JH-IIRU and GRSP, as well as Vital Strategies, World Bank, Global NCAP, Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Designing Cities Initiative. The agenda also includes a pair of site visits in collaboration with the National Road Safety Agency and International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). Participants will be divided into groups and prompted with a challenge for which they’ll work together before making final presentations encompassing all that they’ve learned throughout the offering.
 
The 2019 offering is the third iteration of the regional course after previously being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017 and Nairobi, Kenya in 2018.
 
For updates from the course, follow along on social media using the hashtag #rGRSLC2019.

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