Background Despite the high burden of injuries, in many developing countries there is limited supply of trained human resources for practice and research in injury prevention. The lack of training programs in the science of trauma and injury prevention, disability assessment, lifelong social and economic impact, and translating research into effective policies and programs is a serious impediment to analytical and operational work in this field.
Description This session will focus on innovative approaches for capacity development in the field of injury prevention in LMICs. Emphasis will be placed on efficient and sustainable approaches for capacity development.
Session chair: Adnan A. Hyder, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, USA
Talk 1: Developing formal degree programs – Dr. Olive Kobusingye, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
Abstract: Formal degree programs targeted at building capacity for injury prevention practice and research are lacking in LMICs. This talk will highlight and discuss lessons learned from the development of the first MPH track focused on trauma, injuries, and disability at the Makerere University School of Public Health.
Talk 2: Strengthening capacity for road safety policy – Ms. Evelyn Murphy, World Health Organisation, Switzerland
Abstract: Improved legislation is key to sustaining gains in the road safety arena. This talk will discuss strategies and opportunities for building and strengthening capacity for effective road safety legislations in low-and-middle-income settings.
Talk 3: Harnessing the potential of mobile technologies – Dr. Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, USA
Abstract: This talk will discuss the development and implementation of one of the first free online and on-demand certificate course for road traffic injury prevention and control in LMICs. The presentation will also highlight the powerful potential of mobile technologies for capacity development in an increasingly connected world.
Discussion and Q&A The session will end with a discussion on key lessons for developing sustainable capacity for injury prevention in low-and-middle-income settings.
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