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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.”

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 July 22 to August 3, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The course, which will be offered to more than 60 participants from more than 20 countries across the globe, aims at building leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies. Course instructors, including JH-IIRU researchers, will lead sessions covering behavior change, advocacy, urban design, economics, and more.

“Our upcoming offering here in Baltimore is just the latest in a lifesaving course that’s reached hundreds of students from around the world,” said Professor Adnan Hyder, JH-IIRU director.

JH-IIRU Deputy Director Dr. Abdul Bachani said, “We’re appreciative of the support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partnership with the Global Road Safety Partnership to continue this program of sessions that address road safety in low- and middle-income countries.”

At the conclusion of the first week of the course, participants will travel to New York to visit Bloomberg Philanthropies, where they’ll hear from Kelly Larson, director of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), and learn more about data-driven solutions for road safety.

Throughout the 10-day course, 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 more information on the course, please click here.

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Participants and instructors join together during March's regional offering in Nairobi, Kenya.

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