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From September 8 to September 20, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and Global Road Safety Partnership co-led a two-week training course on road safety in Baltimore, Maryland.

Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the course included more than 60 participants from 30 low- and middle-income countries around the world. Over the two weeks, participants and organizers -- including leadership, faculty, and staff from JH-IIRU -- worked to build leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

Across 10 days, the course invited JH-IIRU speakers and other multidisciplinary experts from across the globe to lead sessions on a variety of road safety issues, such as health economics, enforcement, health systems, and urban design. The group also had the opportunity to travel to New York to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies and Ruckersville, Virginia for a tour of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

On Friday, September 20, the course concluded with group marketplace presentations before a certificate ceremony and closing reception.

The entire course was highlighted with the hashtag #GRSLC2019 on Twitter. Daily photo albums of course sessions, trips, and special events are also available online via Facebook

Experts from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) will co-lead a two-week training course on road safety from September 8 to September 20, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The course, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will include 65 participants from more than 30 low- and middle-income countries around the world. Set at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Baltimore North, the course builds leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

“We’re thrilled to host this year’s course here in Baltimore with dozens of road safety and public health professionals from across the globe,” said JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani. “Since 2016, we’ve organized road safety leadership offerings and each course is an opportunity to both teach and learn from inspiring advocates. We look forward to helping to shape the next generation of global road safety leaders.”

Course instructors – comprised of JH-IIRU faculty and international colleagues – will lead sessions on a number of key subjects, including urban design, economics, behavior change, and enforcement. Participants will also embark on site visits to Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for additional presentations and hands-on course applications.

Throughout the 10-day offering, participants will also work together in small groups to apply lessons learned and prepare for formal presentations during the final day of the program.

For daily updates, follow #GRSLC2019 on Facebook and Twitter starting with the course’s orientation on Sunday, September 8.

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Participants from the 2018 Global Road Safety Leadership Course attend Cultural Night at the National Aquarium.

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.

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