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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.

On October 10-12, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team members participated in a series of meetings at the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) Partners Meeting, held at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York City.

The gathering invited partners of the BIGRS consortium to connect and hear from one another on project updates and research and intervention highlights from around the world. Partners—including Vital Strategies, Global Road Safety Partnership, World Bank, and World Health Organization—joined together with JH-IIRU for the three-day event.

Michal Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies offered welcoming remarks on Wednesday, October 10, before introductions from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Henning and Kelly Larson and brief highlights from local city officials who shared success stories as results of the consortium work.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani then took the podium to provide a status report on seven rounds of observational studies that he and his team led across the 10 BIGRS cities: Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; Bandung, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Addis Ababa, Ethopia; Accra, Ghana; Mumbai, India; and Shanghai, China.

“The work conducted by our team during this second phase of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety program has generated such positive results across a number of risk factors,” said Dr. Bachani. “To present our work alongside partners from the consortium who are on the ground implementing these interventions, it’s a real opportunity for continued in the field of road safety.”

Later in the week, Dr. Bachani joined Global Road Safety Partnership program manager Judy Fleiter for a presentation on the Global Road Safety Leadership Course. Through five offerings, the course has certified more than 300 participants from 50 different countries. It was also announced during the presentation that the next regional offering will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring of 2019.

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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team members join alongside Bloomberg Philanthropies officials and BIGRS consortium partners.

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted the closing ceremony and reception for participants, staff, and guests of the 2018 Global Road Safety Leadership Course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

The 60+ participants from 22 countries assembled in Sheldon Hall before hearing from JH-IIRU and Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) leadership share welcoming remarks. JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and GRSP’s Judy Fleiter were among the presenters.

Next, former JH-IIRU director Dr. Adnan Hyder spoke, encouraging this offering’s participants to take advantage of their opportunity. Dr. Hyder also thanked his colleagues and partners throughout the Global Road Safety Leadership Course experience.

“This has been a great pleasure for me,” said Dr. Hyder. “I want to deeply thank Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dr. Kelly Henning, and Kelly Larson. This has been a great pleasure for me and I look forward to seeing how you all can change the world."

Following Dr. Hyder’s remarks, participant Nuananong Pankumhang of Thailand took to the podium to speak on behalf of the participant body and provide her perspective from the two week experience.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, GRSP’s Blaise Murphet invited each participant on stage to accept their certificates of completion and shake the hands of both Fleiter and Dr. Hyder. Participants, staff, and guests then joined together in Feinstone Hall for the closing reception.

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Thailand's Nuananong Pankumhang speaks on behalf of the 2018 GRSLC participants at the course closing ceremony on August 3, 2018 in Baltimore.

Participants of the 2018 Global Road Safety Leadership Course heard from city road safety experts and corporate leaders while visiting the office of Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the offering’s Day 5 site visit to New York, New York on Friday, July 27.
 
Following a week’s worth of sessions and group work, course participants from more than 20 countries were welcomed to Bloomberg’s office by Kelly Larson, public health program director. Larson briefed the participants on the program’s mission and commitment to reducing the number of lives lost due to motor vehicle crashes around the globe.
 
Inspector Dennis Fulton of the New York Police Department and Kim Wiley-Schwartz of the New York City Department of Transportation each then took the podium to discuss road safety through the lenses of enforcement and implementation, respectively.
 
Following an interactive question and answer session and a lunch reception in the Bloomberg Cafeteria, participants had the opportunity to explore the city and examine key intersections for road safety street designs from representatives from the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
 
The course will continue with presentations, group work, and site visits through Friday, August 3, when participants will present in groups to demonstrate their understanding of road safety and leadership.alt

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