Published research from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has been featured in a recently released special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “A Million Person Household Survey: Understanding the Burden of Injuries in Bangladesh.”
Ninety percent of lives claimed by injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries. This special issue—edited by Professor Adnan Hyder and Dr. Olakunle Alonge, director and core faculty, respectively of JH-IIRU—aims to assess these injuries that include falls, drowning, burns, and road traffic injuries to inform efforts to reduce the burden they case on millions of people and families. The issue offers a unique collection of research on the epidemiology of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Bangladesh and was developed jointly with ICDDRB and CIPRB.
“This special issue brings together ten critically important articles,” said Dr. Hyder. “From road safety to drowning, injuries in low-income countries result in a devastating loss of life and mobility. We hope this data will be useful to researchers, students, practitioners, and decision makers.”
The issue features work by a number of JH-IIRU researchers and collaborators, including Drs. Priyanka Agrawal, Shirin Wadhwaniya, and David Bishai.
“Based on a survey of more than one million people, the research featured in the special issue was part of a large-scale, population-based child-drowning prevention project called ‘Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh’,” said Dr. Alonge. The project, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, tested the large-scale effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of evidence-based interventions to reduce drowning-relate deaths for children less than five years of age.
This special issue, focusing on Bangladeshi injuries, features research by a number of JH-IIRU faculty members and collaborators.