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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.

Beginning on November 5, 2018—leadership, faculty, and staff from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit shared work, engaged with researchers from around the world, and advanced the field of injury prevention at the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The conference, which ran through November 7, is a biannual gathering of students, researchers, and organizations across focus areas within injury prevention. Over the event’s three days, JH-IIRU team members presented research through poster and oral presentations, participated in organizational meetings, and staffed a booth in the exhibition hall.

Director Dr. Abdul Bachani led the Unit with presentations, such as his State of the Art session on evaluating multi-sectoral actions.” Dr. Bachani also presented a parallel session on home injuries among children in Malaysia, and facilitated a panel on injury-related disability.

“The Safety 2018 conference is a unique opportunity for our team to share work and interact with so many colleagues and collaborators from around the world,” said Dr. Bachani. “Having the Unit so well represented for this year’s event is a testament to the quality of work we conduct. I’m proud of the team and our research and look forward to connecting with others so passionate about advancing the field of injury prevention.”

Associate directors Dr. Amber Mehmood and Dr. Olakunle Alonge each presented at the podium on childhood injury mortality in Bangladesh and mHealth applications for injury surveillance and control, respectively.

Prior to the start of the conference, Dr. Bachani and Associate Director Qingfeng Li participated in a series of meetings, which included presentations on child injury and drowning prevention.

The conference officially kicked off on November 5 with an opening ceremony, featuring Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Staff from JH-IIRU represent the Unit in the exhibition hall at booth No. 1 and all conference participants were encouraged to visit for information on online courses, professional opportunities, and more.

To learn more about Safety 2018, please visit the conference web page here. For all the updates from the JH-IIRU team, follow the Unit on Twitter at @HopkinsINJURIES for presentation highlights and conference updates.

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On October 3-4, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) leadership attended the 26th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Abdul Bachani, director of JH-IIRU represented the Unit for the meeting, held biannually to discuss global road safety issues. In the fall convention, the UNRSC team shared updates on the United Nations road safety strategy and discussed current and future activities of the UNRSC project groups, including road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response.

“The latest meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, once again helped to advance strategy and reinforce capacity development for an issue as critically important as road safety,” said Dr. Bachani, attending his first meeting as director of JH-IIRU. “We’re grateful for the opportunity for this team of collaborators to meet in person and re-engage on such essential topics within the field.”

During the meeting, UNRSC officials also announced details for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week, which will be held on May 6-12, 2019 with the theme “Leadership for Road Safety.”

In addition to membership with the UNRSC, Dr. Bachani and JH-IIRU are currently working with a consortium of partners to improve road safety in 10 low- and middle-income countries through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.​

On September 26-28, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood and Doctoral Candidate Nukhba Zia presented at the Annual Meeting of AAST & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery and the 4th World Trauma Congress in San Diego, California.

Dr. Mehmood presented on the determinants of emergency department discharge dispositions of patients with traumatic brain injury. Zia presented on the causes and outcomes of unintentional and intentional traumatic brain injuries in Uganda.

“Presenting at the 4th World Trauma Congress and interacting with surgery and trauma practitioners and researchers from around the world was such a valuable opportunity,” said Dr. Mehmood. “We hope this will be the first of many opportunities to present at the conference and we’re so thankful for study support by the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.”

The work stems from the Unit’s project, Traumatic Brain Injury Across the Lifespan in Uganda (TBI-Uganda), a tablet-based hospital registry implemented at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda and a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, and Mulago Hospital.

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Zia and Mehmood represented the Unit for the first time at the 4th World Trauma Congress from September 26-29, 2018 in San Diego, California.

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