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JHSPH/JH-IIRU Faculty Member's Work Profiled in JHU Magazine

JHU Magazine, a quarterly publication for alumni, faculty and friends of the university, recently featured the work associate professor of international health, Adnan Hyder, is doing in his capacity as the director of Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU).
"Troubled Waters" highlights the research Hyder is doing in South Asia on child drowning prevention interventions, specifically in Bangladesh, where it's estimated that one in five young child deaths are attributable to drowning. The work he and his colleagues are doing is raising public awareness of what could be characterized as a largely unreported epidemic. It's also shedding light on the difficulties injury prevention researchers encounter as they pursue support for a global health burden that often gets overlooked.
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Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Releases New Study on Drowning in Bangladesh

Approximately half a million people die of drowning every year around the globe. More than 97 percent of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. In Matlab, Bangladesh, for example, drowning is the most common cause of death for children aged 1 to 4. To help address this problem, a team of researchers led in part by Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, and David Bishai, senior technical advisor for the Unit, examined verbal autopsy data in Matlab, Bangladesh.

The recently released study, entitled "Childhood drowning and traditional rescue measures: case study from Matlab, Bangladesh," analyzed 10 years of data around drowning deaths in Matlab, including household characteristics, age, gender, time, and also rescue methods attempted. The study is one of the first to publish data on traditional rescue practices performed on drowning children in rural Bangladesh. The findings suggest that interventions should be designed using local information so that we can most effectively reduce childhood drowning. Additionally, community-based resuscitation techniques and emergency medical systems are needed to improve chances for recovery.

To read the full study, please visit this link. If you have any questions about our work in drowning research, please contact the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.