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A World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention

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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.”

Participants of the 2018 Global Road Safety Leadership Course heard from city road safety experts and corporate leaders while visiting the office of Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the offering’s Day 5 site visit to New York, New York on Friday, July 27.
Following a week’s worth of sessions and group work, course participants from more than 20 countries were welcomed to Bloomberg’s office by Kelly Larson, public health program director. Larson briefed the participants on the program’s mission and commitment to reducing the number of lives lost due to motor vehicle crashes around the globe.
Inspector Dennis Fulton of the New York Police Department and Kim Wiley-Schwartz of the New York City Department of Transportation each then took the podium to discuss road safety through the lenses of enforcement and implementation, respectively.
Following an interactive question and answer session and a lunch reception in the Bloomberg Cafeteria, participants had the opportunity to explore the city and examine key intersections for road safety street designs from representatives from the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
The course will continue with presentations, group work, and site visits through Friday, August 3, when participants will present in groups to demonstrate their understanding of road safety and leadership.alt

Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, PhD, MHS has been named director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), beginning August 1, 2018. Dr. Bachani will become JH-IIRU’s second director, succeeding founding Director Dr. Adnan Hyder, who was recently named Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor in Global Health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. 

Dr. Bachani, an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where the Unit is based, has played a critical role in JH-IIRU’s first 10 years of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control. A founding member of the Unit, he first served as associate director for training and capacity development before becoming deputy director. As director of JH-IIRU, Dr. Bachani will continue his leadership of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of faculty and scientists in injury prevention research, collaboration, and training.  

“We are thrilled to see Dr. Abdul Bachani in this new leadership role with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Dr. David Peters, Edgar Berman Chair in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “His experience in the department and within the Unit will serve the team well to continue their lifesaving work across the globe.”

As deputy director of JH-IIRU, Dr. Bachani played a key role for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Focusing on four road safety risk factors, BIGRS focuses on improving road safety in 10 cities around the world through generation of evidence, evaluation of road safety risk factors, and development and implementation of programs.

“We are excited that Dr. Bachani has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit,” said Kelly Larson, who oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’  injury prevention programs. “We’ve valued Dr. Adnan Hyder’s leadership at JH-IIRU and wish him the best in his next endeavor. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Unit, particularly in road safety and drowning prevention.”

Dr. Bachani currently leads a multi-country study to understand long-term health, societal, and economic consequences of physical disability. He also leads efforts to train other public health professionals and scholars to build capacity for injury and disability research in low- and middle-income countries globally, and led the development of Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP), one of the first free, online training certificate programs hosted by JH-IIRU.

A champion of child injury prevention, Dr. Bachani is also leading efforts to integrate innovative mobile health approaches to child injury prevention.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit launched in 2008 as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention. Since its inception, JH-IIRU has been at the forefront of global injury prevention studies and looks to continue its excellence in research and practice for years to come.

An alum from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Bachani earned his PhD from the School in 2011 and his MHS in 2008.

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.


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

On April 12-13, 2018, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) leadership, including Director Adnan A. Hyder and Deputy Director Abdul M. Bachani, attended the 25th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City, New York.

In the meeting, road safety experts discussed implementation of UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/72/271, which aims to improve global road safety through a number of measures including the implementation of vehicle safety regulations of seat belts, airbags, and active safety systems as standard equipment.

“Our team has been integral to this effort over the past few years as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center,” said Dr. Hyder, who chairs one of the working groups of the UNRSC. “Generating evidence to influence global dialogue with our international colleagues has helped lead to this moment and it was a thrill to see these outcomes come to fruition from the UN General Assembly.”

The resolution’s measures will comply with a dozen previously agreed upon global road safety performance targets that align with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response.

Following discussion of the resolution, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed announced the launch of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund. Aimed to continue road safety progress across the globe, the fund will focus on bridging the gaps in the allotment of resources for international action.

“The launch of the road safety fund is a testament to the years of efforts by all partners in UNRSC,” said Dr. Bachani. “We at the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit are proud to be part of that process and of this story of change.”

In building the momentum that led to this resolution, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit faculty co-edited world reports on road traffic injuries and child injuries. Through the Unit's previous work with the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, Unit researchers published a handful of papers on the global road safety climate. 

To learn more about JH-IIRU's work in global road safety, please click here.


Drs. Hyder and Bachani attended meetings of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration in New York City on April 12-13, 2018.

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