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Aga Khan University (AKU) alumnus Adnan Hyder, MBBS class of 1990, received the C. Everett Koop Medal of Distinction from Safe Kids Worldwide for his influence on public health and advancement in the field of injury prevention.
Safe Kids Worldwide, a network of 400 organisations in the US, works to keep children safe from preventable, childhood injuries. The C. Everett Koop Medal of Distinction by Safe Kids Worldwide is the highest honour given to a professional who represents E. Everett Koop’s (the Founding Chairman, Safe Kids Worldwide) legacy of work towards families and children’s protection.
After graduating from AKU, Dr Hyder pursued a MPH and a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
“I’m humbled to receive this appreciation from Safe Kids Worldwide, global leaders in children’s safety against injuries,” he said. “We must continue to move forward and push for a global change for preventable injuries and deaths.”
His work is also contributing towards achieving World Health Organization’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.6, which seeks to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accident by 2020.
Dr Adnan Hyder is serving as senior associate dean for research and professor of Global Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University. Prior to that, he was the associate chair of the Department of International Health and director of the Health Systems programme at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Earlier, he was also the associate director for Global Programmes at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and founding director of Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.
A co-author of over 300 scientific peer-reviewed papers and reports on child injuries, health systems and road safety, Dr Hyder has been contributing to better global health in low and middle-income countries for over two decades. He initiated empirical work around health systems and injury prevention in developing countries.