Injury Control International Activities
Principal Investigator: Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Capacity Building for Injury Control in Vietnam
This collaborative project involving faculty at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the Hanoi School of Public Health will establish links between the two programs, including planning the specifics of an injury-control course to be taught in Hanoi. The weeklong course will involve lectures, discussion, exercises, and presentation of ideas for pilot projects by participants.
Strengthening Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Project—Hanoi, Vietnam
The University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center and the HIPRC is working in partnership with Counterpart International and the Hanoi Department of Health Services to implement a project to strengthen Hanoi’s EMS system. Goals include: institutionalizing EMS training in Hanoi through the establishment of an EMS training center; improving the quality of EMS service delivery; and upgrading clinical hospital equipment and ambulances in Hanoi.
Strengthening Injury Control Research in Ghana
The broad goal of this project is to develop a model program to strengthen the training and research capacity for injury control in Ghana by educating a cadre of outstanding scientists in cutting-edge research methods and training techniques. This will facilitate the development of successful and sustainable research and training activities across the spectrum of injury control, including surveillance, prevention, and treatment. The specific aims of this program are to:
- Provide training in the form of three short courses in-country and short, intermediate, and long-term degree training at the UW for 12 highly qualified Ghanaian scientists and professionals on methods for high-quality injury research and implementation of effective injury control programs.
- Support the development of rigorous research on high priority injury-related health problems, the findings of which will be instrumental in strengthening the policies and practice of injury control in Ghana.
- Assist Ghanaian scientists and professionals to become capable, productive, and respected participants in international injury research, and to develop research structures and training programs to further the goals of reducing injury morbidity and mortality in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa.
Other International Projects
An injury-control course oriented for the circumstances of developing countries. Thus far, this has been conducted three times in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnologico y Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Over 150 professionals have attended it from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, public health, education and law enforcement.
Mock and colleagues in Ghana have developed a week-long continuing medical education course in trauma treatment, oriented for the circumstances of rural hospitals in Africa. This has been a collaborative effort involving the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. It has been conducted in Kumasi annually for the past five years and attended by over 100 doctors from rural hospitals throughout Ghana.