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On Friday, March 8, 2019, research from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team was presented at the 10th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference.

Doctoral Candidate Nukhba Zia presented a pair of posters stemming from JH-IIRU’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) project in Uganda.

In “Traumatic Brain Injury in Uganda – Development of Hospital Based m-health Registry Using Injury Surveillance Framework,” JH-IIRU researchers and collaborators took a scientific approach to data collection in low- and middle-income countries, and detailed the steps of developing an internet-based TBI registry in Uganda.

Zia also presented on behalf of the team in the poster on “Causes and Outcomes of Unintentional and Intentional Traumatic Brain Injuries among Children in Uganda: Analysis from Hospital-Based Traumatic Brain Injury Registry,” which assessed the causes and outcomes of unintentional and intentional TBI among children presenting to a tertiary-care hospital in Uganda.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was well represented with exhibitors, as Global Health NOW and the Department of International Health greeted conference visitors in the conference exhibition.

To learn more about the annual CUGH conference, please click here.

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JH-IIRU Doctoral Candidate Nukhba Zia presents a pair of posters at the 10th Annual CUGH Conference on March 8, 2019.

On April 4, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist Nino Paichadze joined colleagues in celebrating World Health Day 2018 at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO director, kicked off the 2018 event, which was titled “Universal health: everyone, everywhere.” In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Etienne spoke about some of the challenges for universal healthcare in the region of Americas including financial, geographical, and institutional barriers. She also stressed the importance of multi-sectoral cooperation, advocacy, and activism in order to achieve universal healthcare in the region. 

“In the age of growing burden of chronic conditions and injuries, it should be a political priority for countries to advance universal healthcare and guarantee equitable access to quality healthcare for all, especially for minorities, vulnerable groups, and those with physical or mental disabilities,” said Paichadze, who represented JH-IIRU at the event. “Universal health should be based on strong health systems and multi-sectoral cooperation and should encompass all levels of care in order to optimize health, address the needs with equity, and minimize the burden of illness.”

In her keynote presentation, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and chairperson of the high-level commission “Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 years of Alma-Ata,” gave a brief overview of the region’s public health landscape before outlining actionable strategies to overcome inequality.

Said Dr. Bachelet, “We have to build national consensus, because the challenges are of such magnitude that they require the commitment and effort of all.”

On Saturday, April 7, JH-IIRU and the public health community formally celebrated World Health Day—organized by the World Health Organization, now in its seventieth year.

To learn more about the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, a WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence, and Accident Prevention, please click here.

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Dr. Carissa F. Etienne welcomes attendees to the World Health Day 2018 event at PAHO headquarters.

In a newly published article, Dr. Hadley Herbert, Dr. Adnan Hyder and other authors consider how injury and violence relate to global health, discussing the increasing burden of injury as well as the current global recommendations regarding prevention initiatives.

The article, entitled Global Health: Injuries and Violence, was published in Infectious Disease Clinics of North America in an issue devoted to "Global Health, Global Health Education and Infectious Disease: The New Millennium, Part II."

In the article, Dr. Herbert, a trauma specialist with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, and Dr. Hyder, director of the Unit, emphasize that injury and violence rank among the 10 leading causes of death worldwide. In summarizing the evidence, the article serves as a call to action to increase injury research and prevention efforts. The public health community should play a leadership role, they assert, “in galvanizing a multisector response to injury and violence, to advocate for investments at national and international levels, and to catalyze sharing of knowledge and lessons learned across communities and nations.”

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