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On May 7-8, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members traveled to London to participate in a pair of meetings designed to discuss the adoption of a target to halve deaths and serious injuries from road crashes beyond 2020.

JH-IRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and Assistant Scientist Dr. Connie Hoe attended an international roundtable hosted by the Towards Zero Foundation to examine the current state of global road safety, as well as current and future sustainable development goals (SDGs). Among the existing SDGs, unanimously adopted in September 2015, target 3.6 aims to halve the number of global traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.

JH-IIRU Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Margie Peden led a discussion on setting future targets for serious injuries, while collaborator Jessica Truong, Vice President for Programmes of Toward Zero Foundation, concluded the roundtable with a conversation on selecting targets for 2030.

“It’s imperative that we continue to set and work towards sustainable development goals targeting road safety across the globe,” said Dr. Bachani. “As we approach 2020, we’re working to develop additional evidence-based recommendations to be applied by all UN Member States.”

The next day, on May 8, Drs. Bachani, Hoe, and Peden joined in the second meeting of the expert panel for the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative (CRSI), which officially launched this spring by HRH Prince Michael of Kent in an effort to raise the profile of road safety and encourage stronger action by the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries.

The team met with HRH Prince Michael of Kent and the other expert panel members as they drafted recommendations to be included in their upcoming report and agenda for road safety strategy.

On Monday, March 9, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presented on the state of global road safety as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy’s fourth-term graduate seminar series. In the talk, titled “Global Road Safety: Why Haven’t We Done Better?,” Dr. Bachani outlined the international landscape of the road safety epidemic and the necessary next steps to make a difference.

Sponsored by JHCIRP and the Environmental Research Center, the fourth-term seminar series features presentations from a diverse group of experts across injury policy and research specialties.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents on global road safety during a graduate seminar hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

On February 7, 2019, Dr. Abdul Bachani, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, joined fellow public health leaders and decision makers from around the world for the first meeting of the high-level consultative committee for the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

Held in Paris, France, the meeting welcomed Dr. Bachani and other experts, including representatives from both the World Health Organization and the United Nations, along with leadership from Sweden – the host country for the 2020 Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

“Today’s meetings served as a great opportunity for this group to come together, review the current global road safety landscape, and prepare for next year’s conference,” said Dr. Bachani. “In establishing objectives for the conference and priorities for the coming years, we can build upon the momentum and success of our current decade of action on road safety.”

The 2020 Ministerial Conference on Road Safety will take place on June 5, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and fellow committee members join together to discuss next year's Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

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.

On December 13-14, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Research Associate Isaac Botchey led a monitoring and evaluation workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

More than 30 participants were in attendance and were given the opportunity to conduct roadside observational data collection, analyze data, and develop action plans.

“We believe that building local capacity is essential for a country to achieve its road safety objectives,” said Botchey. “The success we had here in Ethiopia will go a long way in reducing the number of lives lost to road traffic accidents.”

The workshop addressed a pair of sustainable development goals, outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Goal 3, Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
  • Goal 11, Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

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Workshop participants are seen here conducting roadside observational data collection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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