In collaboration with MIRA, the NIRC organized a series of events to share the findings from five of our research studies. All the events took place in Makwanpur District, Nepal.
- 29th March 2021 (Chure Hill Hospital) and 30th March 2021 (Hetauda Hospital) - dissemination of the findings from our study to test a model of hospital-based injury surveillance, and our study to explore the feasibility of training the traffic police in first response to road traffic crashes.
- We shared the findings of a study to test a way of recording fatal injuries occurring in rural communities in Bakaiya Rural Municipality on 31st March 2021 and in Bhimphedi Rural Municipality on 1st April 2021.
- We shared the findings of a household survey of injuries sustained at home and at work and a study to explore public perceptions of risk of being injured at home and at work in Bakaidya Rural Municipality on 31st March 2021 and in Thaha Municipality on 2nd April 2021.
In total, ninety stakeholders and members of the local community took part in the dissemination events. Participants included Hospital Directors, Medical
Superintendents, Hospital Managers, Consultant Physicians, Consultant Surgeons, Medical Officers, Hospital Matrons, Staff Nurses, Auxillary Nurses and Paramedics from Hetauda Hospital and Chure Hill Hospital, and the Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Palika Officers, Ward Chairmen, and Health workers from Thaha Municipality, Bhimphedi Rural Municipality and Bakaiya Rural Municipality. The events were facilitated by Prof. Dr Sunil Kumar Joshi, Prof. Dr Sunil Raja Manandhar, Eng. Mr. Anish Khadka and Mr. Dhruba Adhikari and about 15- 20 people took part in each event.
Following the successful piloting of our interdisciplinary workshop on Road Danger Reduction in May 2020, the NIRC organized the second Interdisciplinary Workshop on Road Danger Reduction from 16th May-19th May 2021. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Nepal, the 4-day workshop was conducted remotely via Zoom. A total of 24 participants took part in the workshop. The participants included undergraduate students from Urban Planning (Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus), Community Medicine (Kathmandu Medical College), Transportation Engineering (Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus), and Public Health (Patan Academy of Health Sciences) departments. The workshop comprised group discussions and polling activities on diverse road safety themes/aspects to reinforce the need for shared responsibility to tackle road safety problems. Twelve national and international guest experts were invited to share their knowledge and experiences, providing workshop participants with
the opportunity to interact, ask questions, and discuss with guest experts during the workshop sessions. The positive feedback received from both participants and guest experts highlighted the need to prioritize more inter-disciplinary activities/dialogue between future safety professionals.
On 21st May 2021 the NIRC organised an online event to disseminate the findings of the study ‘Identification of research priorities for a safe systems approach to road safety in Nepal’, funded through a NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research award. The two-and-a-half-hour online event was conducted by NIRC researchers Pranita Rana and Kriti Pradhan. Prof Julie Mytton and Prof Sunil Kumar Joshi, directors of the NIRC, welcomed guests and participants.
The event was attended by a total of 68 individuals, including 47 study participants, RSRP study researchers, NIRC Nepal colleagues, and members from the Road Danger Reduction Forum (RDRF) and First Response Reference Group (FRRG).
The formal session of the programme was graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Dr Sunil Babu Shrestha (Vice Chancellor of the Nepal Academy of Science & Technology - NAST), and of distinguished guests Mr Ganesh Shah (former minister for Environment, Science & Technology), Mr Rabindra Nath Shrestha (Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructures and Transport – MoPIT), and Professor Chandrakala Sharma (Maharjgunj Nursing Campus and Swatantrata Abhiyan Nepal). These attendees have expressed their interest in continuing to support the NIRC. Dr Puspa Raj Pant delivered vote of thanks.
All the participants actively engaged in this interactive event, during which the research team presented the 30 most important research questions identified through multiple Delphi study rounds for all five pillars of road safety (Road Safety Management; Safer Roads and Mobility; Safer Vehicles; Safer Road Users; and Post-Crash Response). The participants voted for the most urgent 6 research questions using Mentimeter polls.