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On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit hosted “Achieving SDGs: Keys to Success for Road Safety.” The event welcomed public health experts from across the globe for a special 90-minute conversation held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and streamed live to international virtual participants.

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani moderated the panel, which featured Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kelly Larson, World Health Organization’s Dr. Nhan Tran—a Bloomberg School of Public Health alum, Pan American Health Organization’s Dr. Eugenia Rodriguez, and Office of Public Services of Fortaleza’s Luiz Saboia.

“Today’s event brought together a diverse group of experts to hold a critical conversation on road safety and SDGs that will certainly help move towards progress and life-saving solutions,” said Dr. Bachani. “Being able to meet with leaders and decision-makers from around the world allowed us a unique opportunity to pose important questions and highlight innovative, evidence-based strategies in an effort to reduce the number of lives lost to motor vehicle crashes each and every day.”

The panel, which answered questions from members of the invite-only audience, discussed everything from the alcohol industry’s role in road safety to moving forward beyond the concluding decade of action in 2020. At the conclusion of the panel, Dr. Bachani presented the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Award for Leadership in Injury Prevention to Saboia, on behalf of Fortaleza and its mayor, Roberto Claudio.

To watch the full video replay of the event, please click here.alt

Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Dr. Abdul Bachani served on the panel of road safety experts during "Achieving SDGs: Keys to Success for Road Safety."

On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) welcomed a diverse panel of global road safety experts for the 2017 International Symposium on Road Safety and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

JH-IIRU Director Dr. Adnan Hyder welcomed the symposium guests, comprised by both in-person and virtual livestream attendees, before Associate Director Abdul Bachani outlined the goals of the morning’s event.

Gayle DiPietro, a former Global Manager at Global Road Safety Partnership and current independent road safety consultant, introduced the four panelists, and moderated the conversation. The event featured a panel of experts to discuss global road safety and implementing sustainable development goals in low- and middle-income countries including:

  • Flavio Jose Cravieiro Cunto, Associate Professor, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
  • Coung Pham, Associate Professor, Center for Injury Policy and Prevention Research, Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam
  • Francis Afukaar, Chief Research Scientist, Building and Road Research Institute, Ghana
  • KV Krishna Rao, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

The presentations demonstrated the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral response to the death and injury burden of road safety consistent with the SDGs.

JH-IIRU Assistant Scientist Connie Hoe wrapped up the symposium with closing remarks and thanked panelists and audience members. The seminar is available here.

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JH-IIRU Associate Director Abdul Bachani provides an overview of the symposium as panelists prepare for their presentations.

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