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The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, a prestigious honor awarded to companies and organizations that promote road safety around the world.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent, a leading international advocate of road safety, established the award in 1987 to recognize outstanding innovation and achievement in making the world’s roads safer. Each year, according to the World Health Organization’s Global status report on road safety 2018, there are 1.35 million road traffic deaths worldwide.

Presenting the award HRH Prince Michael of Kent said: ‘“The significant achievements and global reach of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit are truly magnificent.”

Abdul Bachani, PhD, Director, at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, accepted the award from HRH Prince Michael at the annual ceremony held at the Savoy London on December 10. Core faculty Kent Stevens, MD, and Connie Hoe, PhD, attended along with other organizations from across the globe.

“To be recognized for our road safety achievements across initiatives, around the world is a much-deserved honor for our entire team,” says Bachani. “For more than 10 years, we’ve played a leading role in international road safety and on behalf of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, we’re sincerely appreciative of this award.”

Through its role in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and other efforts, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit has played a leading role in road safety for more than 10 years and builds on its history of cutting-edge research, innovative capacity development programs, and adaptive practice portfolio to strive for safer roads globally.

In addition to its organizational recognition, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit team received an additional honor at the December 10 event as co-organizers of the Global Road Safety Leadership Course, which also earned a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and the Global Road Safety Partnership teams co-lead the twice-annual Global Road Safety Leadership Course, a two-week training program that aims to build leadership capacity to design, implement and advocate for evidence-based road safety programs and policies. The course has trained more than 400 participants from 63 different countries since it was first offered in 2016.

“Working with the Global Road Safety Partnership, we’ve been able to make a real difference across seven offerings both on campus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and abroad,” says Bachani. “We’re grateful for this partnership and look forward to continuing our work with countless more dedicated road safety champions.”

The Unit’s work, both with BIGRS and GRSLC, is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since 2010, through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and its partners have monitored, evaluated, and implemented road safety interventions, as well as led critically important capacity development trainings and workshops.

Leadership from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) joined fellow global road safety experts for the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative’s (CRSI) launch of the Commonwealth Expert Panel Report on Tuesday, December 9, in London. The report aims to put road safety on the agenda of the Commonwealth and includes 10 key, evidence-based recommendations. 

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and core faculty Dr. Connie Hoe, and 13 other colleagues composed the panel, which features representation from Canada, Australia, Rwanda, India, Malta, Jamaica, Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

“The launch of today’s report is a testament of the hard work conducted by my colleagues on the Commonwealth expert panel,” said Dr. Bachani. “We believe that the recommendations we’ve outlined will allow the region to shift its attitude on the issue of road safety and ultimately strive for zero road traffic fatalities.”

David Ward, President and CEO of the Towards Zero Foundation delivered the opening session of the launch event, followed by a keynote speech by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

“Commonwealth countries suffer over 500,000 road fatalities every year,” said HRH Prince Michael. “What more reason do we need to recognize road safety as an issue of relevance to the Commonwealth?”

The 10 recommendations range from putting road safety on the Commonwealth agenda to encouraging Commonwealth road safety partnerships. It is the goal of the expert panel that these recommendations will trigger more action among Commonwealth countries that will lead to the vision of zero fatalities and serious injuries.

Following the report launch, Dr. Hoe and CRSI Coordinator Jessica Truong moderated a pair of panels on country experiences of road safety and the recommendations, respectively. In the second panel, Dr. Bachani outlined the importance of two of the report’s recommendations: putting road safety on the Commonwealth’s agenda and adopting the safe system approach.

To view the full report and its recommendations, please click here.

On May 7-8, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team members traveled to London to participate in a pair of meetings designed to discuss the adoption of a target to halve deaths and serious injuries from road crashes beyond 2020.

JH-IRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and Assistant Scientist Dr. Connie Hoe attended an international roundtable hosted by the Towards Zero Foundation to examine the current state of global road safety, as well as current and future sustainable development goals (SDGs). Among the existing SDGs, unanimously adopted in September 2015, target 3.6 aims to halve the number of global traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.

JH-IIRU Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Margie Peden led a discussion on setting future targets for serious injuries, while collaborator Jessica Truong, Vice President for Programmes of Toward Zero Foundation, concluded the roundtable with a conversation on selecting targets for 2030.

“It’s imperative that we continue to set and work towards sustainable development goals targeting road safety across the globe,” said Dr. Bachani. “As we approach 2020, we’re working to develop additional evidence-based recommendations to be applied by all UN Member States.”

The next day, on May 8, Drs. Bachani, Hoe, and Peden joined in the second meeting of the expert panel for the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative (CRSI), which officially launched this spring by HRH Prince Michael of Kent in an effort to raise the profile of road safety and encourage stronger action by the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries.

The team met with HRH Prince Michael of Kent and the other expert panel members as they drafted recommendations to be included in their upcoming report and agenda for road safety strategy.

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