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The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, a prestigious honor awarded to companies and organizations that promote road safety around the world.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent, a leading international advocate of road safety, established the award in 1987 to recognize outstanding innovation and achievement in making the world’s roads safer. Each year, according to the World Health Organization’s Global status report on road safety 2018, there are 1.35 million road traffic deaths worldwide.

Presenting the award HRH Prince Michael of Kent said: ‘“The significant achievements and global reach of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit are truly magnificent.”

Abdul Bachani, PhD, Director, at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, accepted the award from HRH Prince Michael at the annual ceremony held at the Savoy London on December 10. Core faculty Kent Stevens, MD, and Connie Hoe, PhD, attended along with other organizations from across the globe.

“To be recognized for our road safety achievements across initiatives, around the world is a much-deserved honor for our entire team,” says Bachani. “For more than 10 years, we’ve played a leading role in international road safety and on behalf of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, we’re sincerely appreciative of this award.”

Through its role in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and other efforts, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has played a leading role in road safety for more than 10 years and builds on its history of cutting-edge research, innovative capacity development programs, and adaptive practice portfolio to strive for safer roads globally.

In addition to its organizational recognition, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team received an additional honor at the December 10 event as co-organizers of the Global Road Safety Leadership Course, which also earned a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and the Global Road Safety Partnership teams co-lead the twice-annual Global Road Safety Leadership Course, a two-week training program that aims to build leadership capacity to design, implement and advocate for evidence-based road safety programs and policies. The course has trained more than 400 participants from 63 different countries since it was first offered in 2016.

“Working with the Global Road Safety Partnership, we’ve been able to make a real difference across seven offerings both on campus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and abroad,” says Bachani. “We’re grateful for this partnership and look forward to continuing our work with countless more dedicated road safety champions.”

The Unit’s work, both with BIGRS and GRSLC, is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since 2010, through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and its partners have monitored, evaluated, and implemented road safety interventions, as well as led critically important capacity development trainings and workshops.

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.

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.

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