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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.


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

On October 11-14, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Unit (JH-IIRU) assistant scientist, Dr. Connie Hoe, traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation. The workshop, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), was a part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and convened 29 lawyers and other professionals from government and civil society organizations in China, India, Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania and Viet Nam. The workshop utilized a mix of presentations, group work, and other interactive activities to expose participants to various road safety topics such as risk factors, media advocacy, policy change, and vehicle regulations.

During the workshop, Dr. Hoe presented on "political priority development," where she discussed the strategies, frameworks and tools advocates can use to get child safety onto the political agenda. 

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to identifying concrete ways to improve WHO's capacity development efforts for lawyers and journalists within the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.

To learn more about the workshop, please click here.

Road Safety Legislation Workshop

A presentation during the 5th annual workshop on road safety legislation

In July, a Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) team led by the Director, Dr. Adnan Hyder was invited to Lusaka, Zambia by the Ministry of Health for a two-day National Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) Assessment Workshop. JH-IIRU Assistant Scientist, Dr. Amber Mehmood coordinated the work and post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Isaac Botchey assisted in providing technical assistance. The workshop was a collaboration between the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.

The aim of the workshop was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Emergency Care System in Zambia with both local and international stakeholders. Using the results of the WHO emergency care system assessment, the workshop served to develop consensus-based action priorities. In addition, the outcome of the workshop was to set recommendations for policy makers regarding the emergency care system in Zambia and explore possibilities for further partnerships.

While in Zambia, the JH-IIRU team also participated in meetings with local collaborators at the University of Zambia.

Police check speeding in Lusaka, Zambia

Police check speeding in Lusaka, Zambia         

On June 15 - 17, 2016, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit’s Assistant Scientist, Dr. Connie Hoe, traveled to Santiago, Chile, to participate in the Second International Child Road Safety Forum (FISEVI). The event was organized by the Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation and hosted by Chile’s National Traffic Commission and the Automobile Club of Chile. The main objective of the forum was to share knowledge, experiences, best practices and ideas related to road safety. The forum was opened by Andrés Gómez-Lobo, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, and attended by more than 30 safety experts from around the world.

Connie Hoe
Photo courtesy of Gary Smith

Dr. Hoe participated in the “Public Policies Related to Road Safety” workshop with several other road safety experts from the National Road Safety Agency in Argentina, the National Road Safety Agency in Colombia, the National Road Safety Committee in Chile, the National Road Safety Unit in Uruguay, and the Gonzalo Rodríguez Foundation. She also served as a speaker for Pillar 1 – Road Safety Management where she highlighted the need for lead agencies that are empowered to implement good practice guidelines and coordinate road safety stakeholders. Dr. Hoe also discussed the importance of establishing and supporting data systems for on-going monitoring and evaluation of road safety in low- and middle-income countries.

To learn more about the forum, please click here.

Photo courtesy of Lorrie Walker
 Photo courtesy of Lorrie Walker

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