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Leadership and faculty from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), and international partners led a one-week road safety course on the campus of Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR) from August 5-9, 2019. The course, “Implementing Effective Road Safety Programs: Translating evidence to practice for road safety,” invited more than 70 participants from 20+ different cities in Brazil to gain training on the most important aspects of road safety through theoretical and practical sessions tailored for the Brazilian context.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, along with core JH-IIRU faculty Dr. Andres Vecino Ortiz, and partners at the Global Road Safety Partnership and UNIFOR, based the course off of the twice-annual Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC), which builds leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

“This past week here in Fortaleza has demonstrated the investment the city and its local and regional leaders are making to improve road safety,” said Dr. Bachani. “The passion our Brazilian participants have in making their communities better, safer places is inspirational. We look forward to seeing this group apply lessons learned in the course in their day-to-day work.”

With sessions on everything from risk factors and leadership principles to successful cases of multisectoral action for road safety, the comprehensive curriculum sought to generate evidence-based skills and knowledge to the local and regional leaders in road safety, so they can improve design and policies in their own municipalities and departments.

Site visits – to such locations as roadside police checkpoints, bus rapid transit system, and local children’s hospital – provided participants with real-world applications of course content. Also, throughout the course, participants were divided into smaller cohorts for group work, before delivering final presentations at the conclusion of the course.

A number of GRSLC alumni reunited with course organizers. Luiza Amorim (GRSLC 2017), Omar Jacob (rGRSLC 2018), Dante Rosado (GRSLC2017), Flavio Cunto (GRSLC 2018), and Andre Correia (rGRSLC 2019), all led sessions during this offering, demonstrating the real impact that the Global Road Safety Leadership Course is having on creating leaders in road safety.

“It was marvelous,” said Correia, Enforcement Coordinator with the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety in Fortaleza. “We got to share the same [road safety] problems, but even better, we looked for solutions together. We are in a globalized world, we need to find those solutions together.”

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents during the one-week road safety course in Fortaleza.

Beginning on Sunday, March 10, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit faculty and staff – along with colleagues at the Global Road Safety Partnership – will kick off the 2019 Regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course. More than 60 participants from 21 different countries will take part in the offering in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Global Road Safety Leadership Course aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. Now in its fourth year, the course includes modules on road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, post-crash response, and advocating for road safety passage and implementation.
 
“Each offering provides us with a new opportunity to meet and work with inspiring individuals from all around the world,” said JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani – an instructor during the course. “The next two weeks will feature stimulating learning sessions and dynamic group work designed to enhance effective leadership skills for our participants.”
 
During the course, participants will take part in a number of interactive sessions, led by facilitators from JH-IIRU and GRSP, as well as Vital Strategies, World Bank, Global NCAP, Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Designing Cities Initiative. The agenda also includes a pair of site visits in collaboration with the National Road Safety Agency and International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). Participants will be divided into groups and prompted with a challenge for which they’ll work together before making final presentations encompassing all that they’ve learned throughout the offering.
 
The 2019 offering is the third iteration of the regional course after previously being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017 and Nairobi, Kenya in 2018.
 
For updates from the course, follow along on social media using the hashtag #rGRSLC2019.

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

Experts from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) and the Global Road Safety Partnership will lead a two-week training course on road safety from March 2-17, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The course, which will be offered to more than 60 participants from across the globe, aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. Topics covered in the course include strategic communication, behavior change, advocacy, urban design, economics, and resource allocation.

“We’re thrilled to help coordinate another iteration of this truly lifesaving course,” said Professor Adnan Hyder, JH-IIRU director. “With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and in collaboration with the Global Road Safety Partnership, we’re able to utilize our team’s expertise and lead sessions to address road safety in low- and middle-income countries around the world.”

In addition to learning modules and group work, the course will take participants on a pair of site visits to Kenyatta Hospital and Kasarani Primary School. These visits will complement lessons learned through the course by placing participants directly into the field to observe post-crash response implementation in Kenya’s largest hospital and understand child road safety interventions in support of school age children, respectively.

“Through this course, we’re able to arm participants with the skills needed to make a significant and much-needed change in their own communities,” said Dr. Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, JH-IIRU deputy director. “Even though low- and middle-income countries account for about half of the world’s vehicles, they represent ninety percent of all road traffic fatalities.”

An additional course on global road safety leadership will be held this summer in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information on the Global Road Safety Leadership Course, please click here

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The regional Global Road Safety Leadership Course will be held from March 2 through March 17 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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