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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.

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.”

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Director Dr. Abdulgafoor M. Bachani traveled to Peoria, Arizona to celebrate the Michael Phelps Foundation’s (MPF) 10th anniversary on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

The event, held at the Peoria pool, featured Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps who spoke on behalf of the foundation and discussed drowning prevention and promoting healthy lifestyles for children. After the speech, local children participants received swim instruction from program educators on how to float, as well as proper stroke techniques.  JH-IIRU was one of several organizations in attendance for the event, along with Boys & Girls Club of America and Pool Safely.

Recently, Dr. Bachani and JH-IIRU faculty worked to evaluate MPF’s “im program,” which aims to provide program participants with skills to become comfortable in and around swimming pools. Unit research found that the program made swim training accessible to approximately 2,500 families that would otherwise be unable to participate and nearly 7,000 children were able to participate in formal swim training sessions for the first time to explore and enjoy the water.

“As we, too, celebrate ten years of research at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, we’re so thrilled to be able to work with the Michael Phelps Foundation and applaud the team’s commitment to drowning prevention,” said Dr. Bachani. “We look forward to future partnership opportunities where we can join together to make a difference and save lives from this preventable risk factor.”

Outside of its work with MPF, JH-IIRU has initiated one of the largest implementation research studies on drowning on low- and middle-income countries with SOLID—Saving of children’s Lives from Drowning. Based in Bangladesh, the SOLID research project aims to reduce the shocking number of childhood deaths due to drownings.

This year marks a decade of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control for JH-IIRU and the Unit. Founded in 2008 by Dr. Adnan A. Hyder, JH-IIRU was established within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health to respond to the growing burden of injuries worldwide, where injuries cause more than five million deaths every year.Bachani and Phelps

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Bachani and Michael Phelps joined together on August 25 to celebrate the Michael Phelps Foundation's 10th anniversary.

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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