On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team, including Director Adnan A. Hyder, traveled to New York City, New York to participate in a meeting for the 4th Global Status Report on Road Safety Advisory Committee.
Convening to prepare the 2018 report, Dr. Hyder joined road safety experts including the World Health Organization’s Dr. Etienne Krug and Dr. Nhan Tran—an alum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“Data from the report on road safety sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies is vital to help decision making on road safety at global and national levels,” said Dr. Hyder.
In 2015, the committee released its third global status report—available online here—which provided a snapshot of the road safety landscape at a global level and highlighted the existing challenges and available opportunities required to make a positive change.
Currently, JH-IIRU is working with a consortium of partners to improve road safety in 10 low- and middle-income countries around the world.
The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) is a five-year, $125 million effort to reduce the burden of global road traffic injuries and fatalities and focuses on 10 cities in nine different LMICs. Through the program, partners support cities to strengthen and implement proven solutions through key road safety interventions like helmet and seatbelt wearing, along with speed and drunk driving reduction.
To learn more about JH-IIRU’s work with Bloomberg Philanthropies, and its global road safety efforts, please click here.
Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, participated in a committee meeting at Bloomberg to prepare the 4th Global Status Report on Road Safety.
On May 2, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research (JH-IIRU) faculty, including Drs. Adnan Hyder, Qingfeng Li, and Kunle Alonge, attended a Bloomberg Philanthropies meeting on drowning prevention in New York City. The objectives of the meeting were to: highlight the global burden of drowning; review current evidence on drowning prevention interventions; identify priority drowning prevention gaps that need increased attention and discuss communications strategies to raise global awareness of drowning prevention.
At the meeting, Michael Bloomberg, World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced a $25 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global drowning prevention program.
The first phase of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ drowning program was launched in 2012 and focused on two countries – Bangladesh and the Philippines. The Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh project aimed to reduce the shocking number of childhood deaths due to drowning in the South Asian country. This study allowed researchers from JH-IIRU to examine how lives could be saved using a package of interventions, including playpens and community daycares, for children under five years of age. The program found that community-based daycares are very effective in preventing drowning in children under five. On May 2, Bloomberg Philanthropies released a video that documents the work conducted by Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and local organizations to reduce drowning deaths in Bangladesh. JH-IIRU director, Dr. Adnan Hyder, is featured in the powerful video.
The second phase of the program will expand the use of daycares and support survival swimming in Vietnam. In addition, the program will continue to support community-based daycares in Bangladesh, and will pursue funding to incorporate daycare into national government programs. The program will also implement national drowning surveys in two countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Bloomberg Philanthropies will be working with several partners in this effort, including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for implementation and monitoring through 2022.
During the meeting, Drs. Adnan Hyder and Kunle Alonge presented current and new evidence on primary drowning prevention strategies, including daycares and barriers. In addition, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization released Preventing drowning: an implementation guide. The report provides a range of effective drowning prevention strategies and highlights ways to harness public awareness and engagement to strengthen drowning prevention interventions.
Read more about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ drowning prevention program here.
Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Kelly Henning and local collaborators visit a community-based daycare
Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, are delighted to jointly offer the first regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course (rGRSLC) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from March 19-30, 2017. The course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. The course is delivered through diverse, experienced international faculty from the world’s leading innovative institutions and organizations, such as Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Bank and more.
The course will include, among others, modules on: Road safety management; safer roads and mobility; safer vehicles; safer road users; post-crash response; and advocating for road safety policy passage and implementation.
Key features of this program will include:
More than 60 participants from 20 different countries will attend the two-week course. In addition to their coursework, the participants will travel to Malacca, the historic state of Malaysia, to visit the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). Participants will also attend various events throughout the course, including an opening reception and cultural night.
Read more about the Global Road Safety Leadership Course here.
Recently, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Shivam Gupta, participated in a stakeholders meeting on road safety in Mumbai, India as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The event was hosted by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Bloomberg Philanthropies on Tuesday, January 18.
Over 70 people attended the one-day meeting, including international road safety experts and various stakeholders from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, the Mumbai traffic police and other agencies to reduce road crashes. Dr. Gupta presented the latest BIGRS monitoring and evaluation findings for Mumbai city, which showed low rates of helmet and seatbelt use.
Dr. Shivam Gupta presents the latest findings for Mumbai city
During the meeting, the road safety experts discussed strategies to reduce road crashes, created and presented a road and footpath design model, and suggested pedestrian friendly designs for the road.
Meeting attendees pose for a group photo