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

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On Tuesday, February 15, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted “Alcohol: Leading Risk Factor for Public Health” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The event served as the kick-off event for JH-IIRU’s 10th anniversary celebration schedule in which it will host and participate in a number of events focusing on the Unit’s critical research and training areas.

“This year we’re celebrating a decade of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control,” said JH-IIRU director Dr. Adnan Hyder. “Over ten years, we’ve made such incredible strides in injury research across the globe. We look forward to what’s in store over the next decade.”

Dr. Hyder welcomed guests and introduced the event’s presenters, which included Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth director David Jernigan, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine senior program officer Amy Geller, and JH-IIRU doctoral candidate Nukhba Zia.

In her presentation, Geller outlined her work in the recent report, “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem.” The publication was produced with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and highlights interventions and actions to reduce alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Featured as an appendix in the report is “Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving: Lessons from a Global Review,” written by Dr. Hyder and JH-IIRU research associate Andres Vecino-Ortiz, with help from Zia.

Following the series of presentations, Jernigan, Geller, and Zia engaged in an interactive Q&A session, where participants asked compelling questions ranging from international helmet laws to the role of alcohol in regards to the development of autonomous vehicles.

“Nearly 20 percent of all global road traffic deaths are attributed to alcohol consumption,” said Zia. “This is clearly an international problem and it’s been so valuable to work alongside these experts to help change the landscape of road safety.”

To watch video from the event, please click here. To read the full report, click here.


Nukhba Zia, David Jernigan, Amy Geller, and Adnan Hyder assemble together after their panel on alcohol and public health.

From December 6-8, 2017, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted its collaborators from the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) for two full days of presentations, group discussions, and training sessions.

At the meeting, JH-IIRU faculty and staff convened alongside BIGRS collaborators from eight different cities: Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bogota, Colombia, Bandung, Indonesia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Accra, Ghana, Mumbai, India.

On Wednesday morning, JH-IIRU director Dr. Adnan Hyder welcomed the international guests before providing an overview of the BIGRS project, reviewing the meeting’s goals and objectives, and providing an overview of the monitoring and evaluating of the project—part of a five-year, $125 million effort to reduce the burden of global road traffic injuries and fatalities.

“It was so exciting to welcome such diverse collaborators to our first joint meeting,” said Dr. Hyder. “The opportunity to work together this week has already proven to be invaluable as we work to strengthen data collection on key road safety risk factors.”

 “This has been a good opportunity to share experience from each country and city working on [the BIGRS] project,” said Gabriel Andreuccetti, of the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “More than that, this meeting will allow us to go beyond the sessions in order to learn from our collaborators and see how they relate to research challenges.”

The meeting included in-depth sessions led by the JH-IIRU team including electronic data collection, data use and dissemination, training and capacity development and new challenges.

“It’s great to see all the collaborators in person and learn about everyone’s experiences,” said PP Vedagiri, of IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India. “These lessons will be very useful for the remaining time here in Baltimore and beyond.”

JH-IIRU leadership and faculty assemble with BIGRS collaborators at the Hotel Indigo for a key meeting on global road safety.

JH-IIRU leadership and faculty assemble with BIGRS collaborators at the Hotel Indigo for a key meeting on global road safety.  

On April 20, 2017, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Qingfeng Li, participated in a stakeholders meeting on road safety in Shanghai, China as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

Over 20 people attended the one-day meeting, including international road safety experts and representatives from the Shanghai Health Promotion Committee, the Shanghai traffic police, and the Shanghai Transportation Committee.

Dr. Li presented the latest BIGRS monitoring and evaluation findings for Shanghai, including results from four rounds of observational studies. His findings showed only 24% of electronic bike riders wear helmets, less than 5% of child passengers were properly restrained, and slightly more than half (55%) of front passengers use seatbelts.

During the meeting, the road safety experts discussed a road infrastructure renovation plan, media campaigns, police training, and a project evaluation plan.

Dr. Qingfeng Li attends BIGRS meeting

Dr. Qingfeng Li presents the latest findings for Shanghai

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to announce the winners of its photo contest in honor of the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week. 

We would like to thank everyone who entered our photo contest! Your participation brought awareness to speed management and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. We received many great entries that captured speed enforcement initiatives including speed cameras, police officers enforcing the speed limit, speed limit signs, speed bumps and education. 

For the contest, participants were asked to send up to three original photos that captured speed enforcement initiatives. Each entry was judged on the basis of content (relevance to category) and quality (e.g. lighting, composition, focus) by an independent panel of judges. 

Congratulations to our first and second place winners:

First Place Winner

First place: Vinothkumar Kandasamy

Twitter handle: @vinoth_iROLL

Caption: Hazard: Intersection at curve, high speed traffic, poor visibility, merging road located in down gradient, U turn sign board Rectifications: Warning sign board, thermo plastic rumble strips, cat eyes and posted speed limit. 

Location: Tamilnadu, India

Second Place Winner

Second place: Simin Haghighi

Twitter handle: @SiminHaghighi

Caption: School Children learn new topics about road safety

Location: Mashhad City, Iran

Get Involved in the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from May 8-14, 2017. The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

You can get involved in UN Global Road Safety Week by helping the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) draw attention to speed. To bring awareness to this key risk factor, JH-IIRU will launch a photo contest between April 12-May 3, 2017. For this contest, we want you to send us photos that capture speed enforcement initiatives. Photos could depict features that reduce speed, speed enforcement or education about the dangers of speeding.


First prize: Apple iPad

Second prize: $100 Amazon gift card

How to Enter:

Submit no more than three photographs owned or taken by you between April 12 -May 3, 2017. We will not accept entries after May 3. To enter, first email your original photos (image size must be at least 1600x1200 pixels, JPEG format) to Please include your name, where the photo was taken and a breif caption. Next, tweet your photos, tag @HopkinsINJURIES and use "#JHIIRUSpeed." Specify where the photo was taken and provide a brief caption. You can enter all three photos in one tweet, or post the photos in separate tweets.


Open to all with the exception of faculty, staff and students associated with JH-IIRU.

Please note that prizes will only be awarded if there are at least three photographs submitted by at least two individuals.


Official Rules:

These rules govern your participation in the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit photo contest. Participation in the contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules:

Contest Information:

The contest is sponsored and run by the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit at the Department of International Health of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

All entries must be received by May 3, 2017 to qualify for consideration. Entries must be submitted via email and Twitter. The tweet must tag @HopkinsInjuries and use "#JHIIRUSpeed."

Photos below the minimum resolution, collages, digitally altered photos, and/or photos without completed captions are not eligible for consideration.

Photos will be judged on the basis of content (relevance to category) and quality (e.g. lighting, composition, focus) by an independent panel of judges for prizes. All voting decisions are final. JH-IIRU reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is, in JH-IIRU discretion, inappropriate, offensive or demeaning to the Unit’s reputation or goodwill, or contrary to the Unit’s mission or these rules. JH-IIRU reserves the right to not select a winner if all submitted photo entries do not meet the overall expectations of the contest. Entries that violate copyright or the laws of the country in which they were taken are not acceptable.

The two winning photos will be announced at a JH-IIRU live seminar on May 8, 2017. The winners will also be notified via email. Make sure to follow @HopkinsInjuries on Twitter for contest updates!

Use of Photos:

By submitting a photo as part of the contest, you agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license for full and unrestricted use of that photo to JH-IIRU. JH-IIRU reserves the right to evaluate each entry’s eligibility under the rules as well as for compliance with the US Copyright Act and any and all other applicable laws. By submitting an entry, you are representing and warranting that the subject in your entry is authorized to be photographed and included on the JH-IIRU website and in publications promoting the Unit and its mission.

Contest participants understand that when the contest is over, their entries may be selected for inclusion in the JH-IIRU photograph collection and may be used for educational or promotional purposes. JH-IIRU reserves the right to crop your photograph for editorial purposes.

By entering the contest, the participant grants JH-IIRU a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to use such photographs on its website, publicity and other works as may be necessary to meet the requirements of JH-IIRU, and to do so without requiring JH-IIRU to notify the participant, seek the participant’s permission, or owe any form of compensation to the participant. This agreement will apply to all photographs and other submissions supplied to JH-IIRU by the participant and shall remain in effect until cancelled in writing by either party or superseded by a subsequent agreement. The participant understands that these images will provide useful information related to people, their living conditions, and their health, and that requests to use the photos will be carefully screened for appropriate and respectful objectives.

road speed sign

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