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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Director Dr. Abdulgafoor M. Bachani was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the school announced on May 21.

Dr. Bachani, who was named as the new director of JH-IIRU last July, previously served as an assistant professor starting in October 2014.

“This promotion is so very well deserved for Abdul,” said JH-IIRU Senior Technical Advisor Dr. David Bishai. “For over a decade, he’s shown a commitment to excellence here at the School evident by steady research output and positive relationships with students, staff, and other faculty. I’m so pleased to see his hard work be recognized.”

Recently, Dr. Bachani was honored with Excellence in Teaching recognitions for his leadership in several courses taught throughout the year. In his courses on “Hospital-Based Injury/Trauma Surveillance in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” “Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective,” and “Applying Summary Measures of Population Health to Improve Health Systems,” Dr. Bachani received top marks through student course evaluations.

In 2008, Dr. Bachani earned his MHS from JHSPH and was part of JH-IIRU’s founding team of researchers. In 2011, after receiving his PhD – also from JHSPH – Dr. Bachani began his professional career as an Assistant Scientist at the School and Associate Director of the Unit.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood and Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Junaid Razzak led an Explore-Connect-Create session, “Emergency Medical Services: an integral part of health systems strengthening,” on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The session – which is part of a larger series designed to create opportunities for the Health Systems Program faculty, staff and doctoral students to interact with other related disciplines– addressed the cross-cutting role of emergency medical services in improving health outcomes of acute illnesses.

Drs. Mehmood and Razzak began the session with presentations before facilitating a larger group conversation on emergency medical services and its role within health systems. The following in-depth discussion was about the intersectionality of emergency and primary care, accessibility of emergency care system in LMICs and challenges of conducting research focusing on emergency care outcomes.


JH-IIRU Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood presents during the February 27th session on emergency medical services.

On Wednesday, November 28, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team members participated in a parallel session panel at the 15th International Conference on Urban Health in Kampala, Uganda.

Titled “Health systems for all: responding to the increasing burden of disability and its consequences,” the panel was chaired by JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and featured additional presentations including a session by JH-IIRU’s Nukhba Zia.

In addition to chairing the panel, Dr. Bachani kicked off the event with a presentation of his own, on strategies to address disability from a global perspective. He then introduced Medi Ssengooba, a disability activist and lawyer, who took the podium and spoke about experience living with disability in an urban setting.

Zia, a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, then presented on measurement approaches and understanding the burden and consequences of disability. Uganda Ministry of Health’s Dr. Stanley Bubikire wrapped up the panel with his presentation on addressing disability in Uganda.

The conference, organized by the International Society for Urban Health, runs through Friday, November 30. The theme for this year’s event is “Managing Urbanization for Health: A Priority for All Nations” and focuses on six critical sub-themes to be addressed: 1) the governance of complex systems; 2) culture and inclusivity; 3) disasters, epidemics, and the unexpected; 4) cities as economic engines; 5) safety, security, and justice; and 6) spiritual health in the city.

To learn more about the conference, click here.


JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani takes the podium to present during the conference's panel in Kampala, Uganda.

On November 29-30, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) faculty traveled to Doha, Qatar to attend the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016. Drs. Adnan Hyder (director), Kate Allen (Coordinator for Middle East), and Amber Mehmood (Coordinator for EMS) were part of the delegation. More than 1,000 global leaders, including government officials and healthcare experts attended the two-day Summit. 

The Summit had eight research forums, including accountable care, autism, behavioral insights, cardiovascular disease, genomics in the gulf region and Islamic ethics, healthy populations, investing in health, and precision medicine. JH-IIRU faculty participated in several sessions and met colleagues working in health systems, ethics and health management. 

WISH Qatar Panel

A panel discussion at WISH Qatar

While in Qatar, JH-IIRU faculty met with collaborators from Hamad Medical Corporation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss project updates for both Work-place-injury Unified Registry for Qatar (WURQ) and Young Kids in Safe Seats (Y-KISS). The team discussed current data collection activities, stakeholder engagement, training and challenges thus far. Lastly, the team discussed plans for the next year and potential proposals and publications. 

More information on the Summit can be found here.

Meeting with HMC in Qatar

JH-IIRU meets with collaborators from HMC

On March 10 & 11, members of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, including director, Adnan Hyder and assistant scientist, Shivam Gupta, participated in “Capacity Development for Health Policy and Systems Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” held at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Maryland.

The goal of the workshop was to explore the current state of capacity development, including methods and metrics, for health policy and systems research (HPSR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in order to determine innovative models for sustainable capacity development in the future. Examples of capacity development and approaches and methods for build capacity for HPSR were explored as well.

The workshop was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Health Systems Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Additional participants included both current Health Systems faculty members as well as alumni of the program, Dr. Nhan Tran and Dr. Abdul Ghaffar. Faculty from the American University of Beirut, members of WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the director of the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) were also participants. 

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