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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. 

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and core faculty Dr. Connie Hoe, and 13 other colleagues composed the panel, which features representation from Canada, Australia, Rwanda, India, Malta, Jamaica, Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

“The launch of today’s report is a testament of the hard work conducted by my colleagues on the Commonwealth expert panel,” said Dr. Bachani. “We believe that the recommendations we’ve outlined will allow the region to shift its attitude on the issue of road safety and ultimately strive for zero road traffic fatalities.”

David Ward, President and CEO of the Towards Zero Foundation delivered the opening session of the launch event, followed by a keynote speech by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

“Commonwealth countries suffer over 500,000 road fatalities every year,” said HRH Prince Michael. “What more reason do we need to recognize road safety as an issue of relevance to the Commonwealth?”

The 10 recommendations range from putting road safety on the Commonwealth agenda to encouraging Commonwealth road safety partnerships. It is the goal of the expert panel that these recommendations will trigger more action among Commonwealth countries that will lead to the vision of zero fatalities and serious injuries.

Following the report launch, Dr. Hoe and CRSI Coordinator Jessica Truong moderated a pair of panels on country experiences of road safety and the recommendations, respectively. In the second panel, Dr. Bachani outlined the importance of two of the report’s recommendations: putting road safety on the Commonwealth’s agenda and adopting the safe system approach.

To view the full report and its recommendations, please click here.

On December 10, 2018, representatives from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit participated in the first meeting of the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative Expert Panel in London, England.

Director Abdul Bachani, along with Connie Hoe and Margie Peden, convened with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to form the Panel, which is being tasked with producing a report on sustainable development goals and road safety strategies within the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such a talented, hardworking group, with experts from around the world,” said Bachani. “As part of the Panel’s first meeting, we had a productive series of conversations and came away with clear next steps on how to develop recommendations on reducing road traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth.”

After the conclusion of the meeting on December 12, Bachani and the JH-IIRU team joined Expert Panel members at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards. Prince Michael of Kent announced the award winners, which included the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) for its Global Designing Cities Initiative.

The CRSI was launched to promote the adoption of a target to halve deaths and serious injuries from road crashes in Commonwealth countries by 2030. As a group, the Initiative will develop a shared framework of best practice in road injury prevention for legislators, policy makers, private sector, and civil society.

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JH-IIRU Director Abdul Bachani meets with Prince Michael of Kent at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards in London, England.

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