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On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted “Achieving SDGs: Keys to Success for Road Safety.” The event welcomed public health experts from across the globe for a special 90-minute conversation held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and streamed live to international virtual participants.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani moderated the panel, which featured Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Larson, World Health Organization’s Dr. Nhan Tran—a Bloomberg School of Public Health alum, Pan American Health Organization’s Dr. Eugenia Rodriguez, and Office of Public Services of Fortaleza’s Luiz Saboia.

“Today’s event brought together a diverse group of experts to hold a critical conversation on road safety and SDGs that will certainly help move towards progress and life-saving solutions,” said Dr. Bachani. “Being able to meet with leaders and decision-makers from around the world allowed us a unique opportunity to pose important questions and highlight innovative, evidence-based strategies in an effort to reduce the number of lives lost to motor vehicle crashes each and every day.”

The panel, which answered questions from members of the invite-only audience, discussed everything from the alcohol industry’s role in road safety to moving forward beyond the concluding decade of action in 2020. At the conclusion of the panel, Dr. Bachani presented the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Award for Leadership in Injury Prevention to Saboia, on behalf of Fortaleza and its mayor, Roberto Claudio.

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Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Dr. Abdul Bachani served on the panel of road safety experts during "Achieving SDGs: Keys to Success for Road Safety."

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 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.

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

On November 14, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Research Associate Priyanka Agrwawl, MPH, presented work on interpersonal stranger violence faced by American Muslims at the 2018 American Public Health Association in San Diego, California.

The presentation, entitled "Interpersonal stranger violence and American Muslims: An exploratory study of lived experiences," featured work by JH-IIRU's Agrawal and founding director Adnan Hyder from the past year. In her work, Agrawal explored the interpersonal stranger violence faced by American Muslims in the Maryland area, as well as coping strategies and future recommendations to deal with such violence.

Information generated from the research-- funded through the Bloomberg Initiative-- can be used to make need-based, culturally appropriate recommendations on interventions and programs to improve health and well-being of American Muslims in the United States.

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JH-IIRU Research Associate Priyanka Agrawal and Yousra Yusuf at APHA 2018 in San Diego, California.

On September 17, 2018, leadership and faculty from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) will travel to Brazil to participate in critical road safety meetings with local policymakers and academic collaborators.

Director Dr. Abdul Bachani, PhD, and Assistant Scientist Dr. Andres Vecino-Ortiz, MD, PhD, will represent JH-IIRU as they visit both Sao Paulo and Fortaleza to promote existing work and discuss future opportunities.

On September 18, they’ll attend a press conference with the Secretary of Transport who will share highlights of the annual report, introducing data from the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety is a five-year, $125 million effort aimed at reducing the burden of global traffic injuries and fatalities and focuses on nine low-and middle-income countries’ 10 cities, including both Sao Paulo and Fortaleza.

“We’re honored to be in attendance of this week’s meetings to highlight the life-saving work being implemented here in Brazil,” said Dr. Bachani. “To see the progress on the ground and recognize the great strides by our partners through this initiative, it’s been a real pleasure. And we’re grateful to be supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies to strengthen these proven interventions.”

Then, on September 20, the team will meet with University of Fortaleza officials to discuss future partnerships on research and training opportunities in road safety.

“This is a great opportunity for both institutions to find ways to strengthen our research and teaching collaboration network around the road safety field,” said Dr. Vecino-Ortiz. “Fortaleza is a city that has made outstanding progress improving road safety conditions. This partnership could also be an opportunity for Brazilians and citizen abroad to learn more about what catalyzed Fortaleza’s success.”

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