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From May 20-24, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team visited Gaborone for the inception of a new partnership with the MVA Fund and the National Road Safety Council in Botswana. The JH-IIRU team – led by Director Dr. Abdul Bachani – met with local officials, led a stakeholder engagement workshop, and agreed on a plan for the assessment.

“This week has been full of very productive and insightful meetings with key Botswanan policy and decision makers,” said JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani. “We were able to meet with so many individuals who are committed to making a difference in Botswana. Our assessment and subsequent recommendations will pave the way to continued success in saving lives here in Botswana.”

Over the course of the week, the JH-IIRU team met with representatives from national agencies, such as the Department of Road Transport and Safety, and the Ministry of Health, in addition to institutions such as the local Red Cross, University of Botswana, and local emergency medical service stations and trauma centres.

Following meeting with local officials, Dr. Bachani and his team led an official project launch and held a stakeholder engagement workshop, which included an introduction to the Botswana National Road Safety Strategy and related activities identified under the plan such as safer vehicles, safer roads and mobility, and post-crash care.

Through this promising new initiative, the JH-IIRU team will construct a comprehensive of road safety interventions that have been conducted in Botswana, and to evaluate their effectiveness as well as identify areas for improvement. This assessment is expected to inform the development of Botswana’s new national road safety strategy.

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Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and the JH-IIRU team spoke with officials from Botswana's Ministry of Health and Department of Road Transport and Safety, among other institutions, as they laid the groundwork in conducting their road safety assessment. 

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.

On Monday, March 9, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presented on the state of global road safety as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy’s fourth-term graduate seminar series. In the talk, titled “Global Road Safety: Why Haven’t We Done Better?,” Dr. Bachani outlined the international landscape of the road safety epidemic and the necessary next steps to make a difference.

Sponsored by JHCIRP and the Environmental Research Center, the fourth-term seminar series features presentations from a diverse group of experts across injury policy and research specialties.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presents on global road safety during a graduate seminar hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

On February 7, 2019, Dr. Abdul Bachani, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, joined fellow public health leaders and decision makers from around the world for the first meeting of the high-level consultative committee for the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

Held in Paris, France, the meeting welcomed Dr. Bachani and other experts, including representatives from both the World Health Organization and the United Nations, along with leadership from Sweden – the host country for the 2020 Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

“Today’s meetings served as a great opportunity for this group to come together, review the current global road safety landscape, and prepare for next year’s conference,” said Dr. Bachani. “In establishing objectives for the conference and priorities for the coming years, we can build upon the momentum and success of our current decade of action on road safety.”

The 2020 Ministerial Conference on Road Safety will take place on June 5, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani and fellow committee members join together to discuss next year's Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

On January 23-24, 2019, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood joined together with leaders from Hamad Medical Corporation to participate in workshops and progress meetings on critical research subjects, such as occupational injury prevention and road safety. 

Mehmood, along with Hamad Medical Corporation’s leadership team first led a writing workshop focusing on work-related injuries and the evaluation of injury data sources. The workshop, attended by staff of the Hamad Medical Corporation’s injury prevention unit, and hospital trauma surgery and emergency room staff, also covered data analysis regarding cost on injury and trauma care in the Hamad Trauma Center.

Drs. Ruben Peralta, Rafael Consunji, Aisha Abeid, Monira Mollazehi, Nazia Hirani, Tsoler Sekayen, and Cecilia Claudio were part of the core group representing different units of Hamad Medical Corporation.

The team then held progress meetings for a pair of JH-IIRU-related projects, Work-place-injury Unified Registry for Qatar (WURQ) and Young Kids in Safe Seats (Y-KISS).  Mehmood and the Hamad’s core group discussed the sustainability and continuing efforts for work-related injury prevention and control in Qatar, as well as the interventions directed toward awareness and education of labor workforce in Qatar.

Both WURQ and Y-KISS are funded by the Qatar National Research Fund and began in 2015, respectively. The Y-KISS team set out to develop a child car seats program for new parents in Qatar, and determine the effectiveness of a child car seat program for new parents using a randomized study design. Through WURQ, JH-IIRU and its partners set out to understand the epidemiology of workplace injuries in Qatar, develop and pilot test an occupational injury registry for the state, and engage relevant stakeholders to consider occupational injuries as a key public health issue.

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Associate Director Dr. Amber Mehmood speaks at the 4th Annual AKU Surgical Conference in Karachi, Pakistan.

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