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January 2012

 

 
Future events

If you know about any future event and would like to share it with all RTIRN partners, please send an email to: administrator@rtirn.net

CALL FOR PAPERS International Journal of Crashworthiness. SPECIAL ISSUE in conjunction with a SPECIAL SESSION

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Upcoming Event: 2014 East African Safe Communities Conference

During 19-21 of November 2014, in partnership with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Safety, the PeerCorps-CIPCS is planning to launch an East African regional conference on community safety. The conference themes will include: traffic safety, child and adolescent safety, violence prevention and workplace safety

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Announcement and Call for Abstracts. East African Regional Safe Communities Conference 2014, Arusha, Tanzania, 19-21 November.

The International and Local Organizing Committees cordially invite you to participate in the first East African Regional Conference on Safe Communities. The conference will be held at the Arusha International Conference Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

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Recent Events

RTIRN regional workshop “Emergency Medical Systems in Mesoamerica: A key component of the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety”

May 23rd, 2014.- The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network with financial support from The Global Road Safety Fund, organized a two day workshop for the Mesoamerican region. The event took place in the city of Cuernavaca (Mexico) on April 22nd and 23rd, 2014. The event featured the involvement of expert facilitators and presenters from RTIRN, Hopkins and the Mesoamerican region.

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A new administration of the RTIRN Secretariat just started, Cuernavaca, Mexico

From April 21 to 25, the new RTIRN Secretary Dr. Cuong Pham V alongside with the new RTIRN Coordinator Dr. La Ngoc Quang visited the former Secretariat venue at Fundación Entornos A.C. in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. This was a great opportunity to present the previous and present work that the former RTIRN Secretariat administration is conducting and to exchange ideas on how to maximize the activities in progress in order to achieve the full potential of RTIRN in the near future.

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Book puReports from the UK’s Faculty fo Public Health

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RTIRN partners book publication

RTIRN partners Dr. Diana Samarakkody and Professor Samath Dharmarathna just published a book on injury prevention (Grass roots Injury Prevention - GRIP Guide) by Practical Action Publishing, United Kingdom. This book is targeted for grass root level injury prevention practitioners and one chapter is dedicated to discuss on prevention of road traffic injuries. The GRIP Guide is written in interactive format.

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SRDO Consultative Workshop on “Harassment of Women in Public Transport & Public Places”

The Social Research and Development Organization (SRDO), Legal Rights Forum (LRF) and Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) had successfully organized a Consultative Workshop on “Harassment of Women in Public Transport & Public Places” on Friday, 31st January 2013, at the office of Legal Rights Forum (LRF), Karachi. Mr. Anis Danish, Advocate Malik Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Abdul Qadir Bullo, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf and Mr. Amir Murtaza were prominent among the speakers. Honorable Justice (Retd) Majida Rizvi was the Chief Guest of the Consultative Workshop.

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“Road Safety” Public Association completed number of projects aimed at strengthening the road safety

In Kyrgyzstan, the negative growth trend of deaths and injuries is being observed in road accidents. Each year, more than one thousand people are dying (1,217 people in 2013, the number increased up to 13% compared to 2012 indicator), 10,738 people were injured in 2013 (in 2012 - more than 8000 people). It is obvious, that negative growth of road accidents, deaths and injuries in Kyrgyzstan are increasing every year.

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RTIRN Secretariat Call results.

As you know we launched a “Call for Proposals to Host the RTIRN Secretariat”. The call had a great response and we received many outstanding proposals and the review/selection process was very competitive.

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Free, online certificate training programme on road traffic injury prevention

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) is offering for the first time a free, online training certificate programme on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP).

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Press Release: Road safety education should be mandatory to minimize accidents

Social Research and Development Organization (SRDO) has showed serious concern over the loss of precious lives in a road accident in Salgiran, near Muree on 8th January 2014.

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NGO Avoid Accident launches “SEE ME SAVE ME”

NGO Avoid Accident in association of local Police launched a special drive “SEE ME SAVE ME” for the safety of non motor vehicles especially cycles in which we have fixed high quality reflective on more than 500 cycles to save them from the accidents during night and fog on roads as they are hard to be visible.

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NEW ARRB Research Report 383 - Safe System Infrastructure: Implementation Issues in Low and Middle Income Countries

More than 1.24 million people die and between 20 and 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads every year, with the largest portion of this burden carried by those in low and middle income countries. Improvement to road infrastructure is a key mechanism for improving safety in all countries. A variety of proven road safety infrastructure treatments are available. While these treatments are all capable of delivering safety improvements, one group of treatments (termed Safe System, or Primary treatments) are able to move closer to the eventual elimination of death and serious injury on our roads.

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Decade of action for road safety in the Islamic Republic of Iran- May 2014

Some figures on road traffic injuries(RTIs) in Iran shows that Iran has the third largest population in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) with about 13% of total population of EMR, greatest number of vehicles in EMR with about 20 657 627 (32% of total vehicles in the region, high percentage of 2-3 wheels vehicles. Reported road traffic fatalities (2010–2011 Iranian Calendar) was 23249 (about 30% of all fatal injuries of the region), high fatal RTIs per 10000 vehicles of 11.3 and reported non-fatal road traffic injuries with 685 611.

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ALINAGNON different activates for Road Safety

African Night without Accident
Road Safety Clubs Awards
World Day of Remembrance for road trafficvictimsAfricanDay for Road Safety

ALINAGNON: International Women’s Day

During the International Women’s Day, ALINAGNON decided to draw women’s attention to the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

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FGR presents poster in Australia about the Importance of Child Restraint Systems

Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez (FGR) presented a poster at the “11th Australasian Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference” held in Freemantle, Western Australia during November 11th and 13th 2013. The Poster, about the importance of Child Restraint Systems, was produced based on studies conducted by FGR and Fundación MAPFRE (available at: www.gonzalorodriguez.org).

The Poster is available at http://www.gonzalorodriguez.org/images/Australia.pdf

FGR presents poster at the ITF-IRTAD/OISEVI Congress

Between November 13th and 15th 2013, under the ITF-IRTAD/OISEVI Congress held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez made a presentation of a poster about Child Road Safety in Uruguay: National Analysis and Regional Projection, with the outcome of research referring to Child Road Safety carried out by FGR in Uruguay (available at: www.gonzalorodriguez.org) and data from countries within the region.

The poster is available at http://www.gonzalorodriguez.org/images/OISEVI-IRTAD.pdf (in Spanish).

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2013 in Republic of Macedonia

The Republic Council on road traffic safety has coordinated the activities of the partner institutions for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2013:

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Results of the RTIRN Small Grants Program

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RTIRN profiled in UN Secretary-General Report on the global road safety crisis

We are very happy to share some good news with you. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has issued a report “Improving global road safety”, in advance of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. The report draws attention to key developments in global road safety over the last two years, including the launch of the Global status report on road safety 2013; the Second UN Global Road Safety Week; the creation of the Global Alliance for Care of the Injured; and the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

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RTIRN’s special farewell to Professor Datuk (Dr.) Radin Umar Radin Sohadi

We are very sad to inform you that the former University Putra Malaysia (UPM) vice-chancellor and former RTIRN Board Member Professor Datuk (Dr.) Radin Umar Radin Sohadi recently passed away. Prof. Radin Umar was a great professional, a good friend and colleague of RTIRN and many of us on the board. He was also the first Director General of the Malaysia Institute for Road Safety Research (MIROS) which was a product of his vision.

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“Expert Group Meeting on Preventing Motorcycle Injuries in Children” in Bangkok, Thailand

All Member States in the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region are low- and middle-income countries. In the SEA Region, the motorcycle is prevalently used as a family vehicle with children routinely transported as passengers. A motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a crash per vehicle mile travelled in comparison with motorist. The increasing use of motorcycles and the injuries and deaths by its use in the South-East Asia Region is of great concern to Member States. This was also expressed by the delegates at the Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the South-East Asia (2010).

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RTIRN best contribution award winner!!

Because of the great contributions we have received during thias last years, we believed that is important to acknowledge the effort and time invested from our RTIRN community on our newsletter. This is why we rewarded the best contributions of 2012.

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Workshop “Principles of evaluation in Road Safety interventions”

This past Thursday September 19th, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit along with the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) and Fundacion Entornos A.C., organized the two day workshop “Principles of evaluation in Road Safety interventions” at the city of Leon, Guanajuato; Mexico.

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IRTAD/OISEVI CONFERENCE, BETTER SAFETY DATA FOR BETTER ROAD SAFETY OUTCOMES NOVEMBER 13TH & 14TH - BUENOS AIRES - 2013

This international conference aims to bring out discussions about the quality of the systems for collecting and analyzing data in IRTAD, OISEVI and certain countries. In addition to discussions about methodological issues, cases of recent initiatives to improve the quality of the collection and analysis of data and also the latest research and analysis made by the IRTAD Group will be presented.

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Activities in from our partners during the Second Global Road Safety Week

The Second UN Global Road Safety Week was held on 6-12 May 2013 and it was dedicated to pedestrian safety.

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Observatory on Fatal Injuries Caused by External Factors in Lima (Peru)

After a year of the promulgation of the Ordinance 1568, the process of monitoring deaths from external causes (accidents, homicides and suicides), through data provided by the Institute of Legal Medicine, establishes the "Observatory on Fatal Injury Caused by External Factors"

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Publication of the report "Spatial Analysis of Road Traffic Injuries involving Bicycles and their interaction with bike lanes in the Great City of Santiago" (CONASET)

On the statistics of the last 10 years in Chile, those who died in crashes involving bicycles rank third of all fatal victims of road traffic injuries This, added to studies by the World Bank, indicate that the number of cyclists in the city of Santiago are growing annually between 15% and 18% and currently leads the Rankin for the use of this medium of transportation in South America, thanks to a series of incentives to the use of bicycles in recent years, including bicycle paths opening as a key element, contribute in significance of this study.

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Best Contribution Award 2012!!!!

Because of the great contributions we have received over the last three years, we believe that is important to acknowledge the effort and time invested from our RTIRN community on our newsletter. This is why we will start rewarding the best contributions of the year.

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RTIRN FIFTH WEBINAR

On June 17th, 2013 at 14:00 hrs––(CST Mexico Time) it took place the RTIRN`s fifth webinar entitled “Youth for Road Safety: Engaging hearts, minds and evidence”. With the participation of Mr. Floor Lieshout Director of Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) and Dr. Shanti Ameratunga from University of Auckland, New Zealand and RTIRN Board.

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RTIRN partners present at the 15th Public Health Research Congress.

On March 6th to 8th the National institute of Public Health (Mexico) hosted the 15th National Congress on Public Health Research

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Best Contribution Award!!!!

Because of the great contributions we have received over this year and because of the great participation from all of you on last year’s “Best Contributions Award”, we will award the best contribution of 2012. We strongly believe that the participation of our network is fundamental and without them we wouldn’t have a newsletter. This past year was a great year for our community and we received great contributions. Stand by for more information soon!!!!

RTIRN regional workshop “Evaluation of Road Safety Interventions: Key Component of the Global Decade of Action”

April 5th 2013.- The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network with financial support from The Global Road Safety Fund and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, organized a two day workshop for the South America region. The event took place in the city of Curitiba (Brazil) on February 26th and 27th, 2013. The event featured the involvement of expert facilitators and presenters from RTIRN, PAHO and the South American region.

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (India)

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumaticaftermath of road death and injury.

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Gains in motorcycle helmet use undermined by use of poor quality helmets

About 50% of the motorcycle helmets being worn in many low and middle-income countries (LMIC) are not likely to provide the protection needed to prevent injury and death, according to the findings of a study undertaken in nine LMIC in Africa, Asia and the Americas, coordinate by the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN), and supported by the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Violence and Injury Prevention.

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RTIRN regional workshop “Road Safety Interventions”

October 19th 2012.- The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network along with the George Institute for Global Health, with financial support from The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), organized a two day workshop for the Asia Pacific region.

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RTIRN Board Member receives award for outstanding research work

October 6th, 2012.- RTIRN Board Member Dr. Hamid Soori was awarded for the most outstanding researcher work on prevention and control of road traffic injuries in Iran.

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Apri inaugurates road safety vanguards in Abia state

Road Traffic Injuries Prevention and Rescue Initiative, a Road Safety focused Non-Governmental Organization has inaugurated the Road Safety Vanguard of the organization in Abia State, aimed at complimenting government efforts in the safety of road users in Abia State.

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The National Institute of Public Health (Mexico) is awarded the best 2011 road safety initiatives in Mexico

July 23rd, 2012; Mexico, DF.- The Mobility and Development Mexico AC handed, for the fifth time, the yellow diamond awards to the best road safety initiatives in Mexico, with the aim to identify and reward ongoing initiatives that positively affect Mexican society for the prevention of risks in traffic also to encourage the pursuit of more and better road projects in general.

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Latin American Experiences on Carrot Law (Ley Zanahoria)

The carrot law is a restriction in the time limit of sale for alcoholic beverages, established in 1996 in the cities of Bogota and Cali, in order to reduce the effect of alcohol on violence, reducing mortality by homicides, road traffic injuries and suicides. This policy was also approved by Brazil and Paraguay.

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RTIRN best contribution award winner!!

Because of the great contributions we have received during thias last years, we believed that is important to acknowledge the effort and time invested from our RTIRN community on our newsletter. This is why we rewarded the best contributions of 2011.

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‘The Lancet’ gives unprecedented coverage to the issue of trauma care in its September 21
edition

An international spotlight has been cast on road traffic injuries – one of the major global health challenges of our time.

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THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES THE YELLOW DIAMOND (MEXICO)

July 23rd, 2012. The Mobility and Development Mexico Civil Association presented for the fifth time the Yellow Diamond awards to the best road safety initiatives in Mexico, with the ongoing objective to identify and reward initiatives that positively affect Mexican society on the prevention of road traffic injuries, while encouraging the realization of more and better transportation projects. The National Institute of Public Health was awarded the yellow diamond in the categories of "Programs and Sensitization and Awareness materials," "Best Initiative of the Year" and "Information and Research".
Congratulations!

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SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS NEW IIRU RESEARCH ON GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY

In April, 2012, as part of the effort to draw attention to the growing burden of road traffic injuries, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launched “Public Health Burden of Road Traffic Injuries: An Assessment from Ten Low- and Middle-Income Countries”, a special issue of Traffic Injury Prevention. The launch coincided with a midday seminar at the Bloomberg School in Baltimore, Maryland, which features panelists from the World Health Organization and the Global Road Safety Partnership.

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RTIRN PARTNER WINS THE PRIME MINISTER'S AUSTRALIA ASIA POST GRADUATE AWARD

CARRS-Q student and recent RTIRN partner Mr. George Jia wins Prime Minister's Australia Asia Post Graduate Award to undertake research into Drink Driving.

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RTIRN FOURTH WEBINAR

On April 12th of 2012 at 8:00 hrs–(CST Mexico Time) it took place the RTIRN`s fourth webinar entitled “Road Traffic Safety and Law”. With the participation of Ms. Evelyn Murphy the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS

On 1993 the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims–was first celebrated nationally, this special date has been observed and promoted worldwide by several non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This year some of our RTIRN partners join the commemoration of this very special date.

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RTIRN THIRD WEBINAR

On Novender 24th 2011 at 10:00 hrs–(CST Mexico Time) it took place the third webinar organized by the RTIRN entitled “How can we build capacity for injury and violence prevention?”. With the participation of Dr. David Meddings, from the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization (WHO).

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RTIRN regional workshop and Board meeting

November 7th 2011.- The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) along with the World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and The George Institute for Global Health organized the regional workshop entitled “WHO-RTIRN Regional workshop on Public Health Research on Road Traffic Injuries” to inform development of the SEARO draft regional road traffic injury research framework......

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RTIRN Workshop Discusses Capacity Development at Australia Injury Prevention Conference!

RTIRN hosted a pe-conference workshop in Brisbane at the annual meeting of the Australia Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) Conference on 2 Nov 2011. The workshop focused on understanding the nature of the Road Traffic Injury (RTI) burden in low and middle income countries from mortality to disability, followed by intense discussions around mechanisms and collaborations for capacity development.......

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RTIRN profiled by UN

We are very happy to share some good news with you - the Secretary General's 2011 final report on improving road safety to the UN General Assembly is attached. The report shows some of the activities and achievements that took place on October 2009 to August 2011 towards the objectives of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.......

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WHO`s World Report on Disabilities

June 15, 2011 - –On 9 June 2011, the WHO and the World Bank officially launched the first-ever World report on disability. "Disability is part of the human condition," says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. "Almost every one of us will be permanently or temporarily disabled at some point in life."......

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RTIRN SECOND WEBINAR

On June 21st 2011 at 13:00hrs – (CST Mexico Time) it took place the second webinar organized by the RTIRN entitled "Disability and Road Traffic Injuries "......

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Road Traffic Injuries Research Network supports the world wide launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

May 11, 2011 – Today the world commemorated a special date, a massive event; all eyes were on the world wide launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. ....

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Road Traffic Injuries Research Network Honors UN Decade of Action for Road Safety with New Webpage, Invites Partners to Contribute

May 3, 2011 – The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) today announced a special page on its website dedicated to publicizing the activities of its partners and their institutions surrounding the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. ....

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Road Traffic Injuries Research Network Receives The 2010 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

April 18, 2011 – The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) received The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award on April 11 during the UN Road Safety Collaboration meeting in London. Dr. Adnan Hyder, board chairman for RTIRN and director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Network, and Dr. Margie Peden of the World Health Organization, accepted the award from The Prince Michael....

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Launch of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit as WHO collaborating center

On Tuesday, March 15, 2011 The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit was named WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention.

For more in detail information and pictures of the event go to: http://www.jhsph.edu/iiru/news.htm

We would like to congratulate Dr.Adnan Hyder and all his team for this accomplishment.
Congratulations!!!



Past Events

RTIRN wins the 2010 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

2010

WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS

2010

The RTIRN welcomes our newest Board Member

2010

RTIRN FIRST WEBINAR

06 December 2010

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

21 Nov 2010
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health International Injury Research Unit Named WHO Collaborating Center
2010
U.N. Road Safety Collaboration Meeting Appreciates RTIRN's Capacity Development Success!
5-6 Oct 2010
Designation of WHO Collaborating Center in Emergency Medicine andTrauma Care
2010

Workshop on alcohol, drugs and traffic safety in developing countries

22 Aug 2010

RTIRN Parallel Session at the 10th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion

22 September 2010

Miros D-G: Road fatalities at alarming level

18 September 2010

Dr. Martha C. Hijar, was accepted to be part of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico.

28 June 2010

Board meeting.

17 June 2010

Regional Workshop on "Pedestrian Injuries Research in Low- and Middle- Income Countries".

16 June 2010

Secretariat Launching Ceremony.

16 June 2010

New Secretariat receives the baton from former Secretariat, Karachi Pakistan.

04 Febrary 2010


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