Asia Injury Prevention Foundation

Asia Injury Prevention Foundation's mission is to provide life-saving traffic safety knowledge and skills to the developing world with the goal of preventing road traffic crash fatalities and injuries. We envision a world in which there are safer roads, smarter road users, and countries whose road traffic environments serve their developing economies and people.
Jul 8, 2015

Celebrating the end of the Vietnamese school year with higher child helmet use rates

Students shout "I Love Helmets" in Ho Chi Minh
Students shout "I Love Helmets" in Ho Chi Minh

AIP Foundation wrapped up the Vietnamese school year with several exciting events and reflected on the outstanding helmet use results achieved nationwide.

In May 2015, more than 1,000 students and their families shouted “I Love Helmets” in Ho Chi Minh City. The phrase was heard among students across Ho Chi Minh City as part of a family event encouraging helmet use. Organized under AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program, the event included a poster exhibition, creative road safety competitions, and several interactive road safety games to improve the awareness and significance of child helmet use. This family event was the first-ever citywide gathering for school students and their families to participate in road safety activities together.

A few days later, a helmet donation ceremony took place in Hanoi on the occasion of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Charles H. Rivkin’s visit. This is the first event to take place under the new partnership between AIP Foundation and the U.S. Department of State and is one of many that supports the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam. Assistant Secretary of State Rivkin participated in a symbolic helmet handover at the event that represents the U.S.-Vietnam shared vision of a safer future for its children. Helmets were distributed to all 671 students and teachers.

On a national level, government agencies and AIP Foundation organized a midterm review of the National Child Helmet Action Plan in early May. Delegates from ministries, departments, and provincial levels across Vietnam shared implementation experiences, discussed the direction for the Action Plan’s next phase, and celebrated achievements. Average child helmet use across Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang was 38% at baseline. After the launch of the National Child Helmet Action Plan and related police enforcement, child helmet use increased significantly to 68% across the three cities. 

Without your contributions, these accomplishments would not have been possible. We want to achieve even better results for the upcoming school year. To do this, we need your continued support. In the lead up to the start of the school year in September, please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page, or just bring us up in conversation. Thank you for spreading the word!

Students play traffic safety games
Students play traffic safety games
Helmet handover celebrates U.S.-Vietnam relations
Helmet handover celebrates U.S.-Vietnam relations
Police sign the Child Declaration for Road Safety
Police sign the Child Declaration for Road Safety
May 20, 2015

UN Global Road Safety Week Activities in Cambodia - #SaveKidsLives

Students practice safe road behaviors
Students practice safe road behaviors

United Nations Global Road Safety Week is an international initiative that features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies to raise awareness of road safety. This year’s UN Global Road Safety Week took place from May 4th to 10th and was titled #SaveKidsLives, themed around “Children and Road Safety." #SaveKidsLives seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads, calls on leaders to take action, and advocates for the inclusion of road safety in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

AIP Foundation conducted a wide range of activities across Cambodia in celebration of UN Global Road Safety Week.

96 newly enrolled students received free helmets and road safety education on May 7th. The event took place at Sampov Meas Primary School and focused on raising students’ awareness of safe road behaviors while calling on authorities to commit to safer roads for children. 

Cambodian students also signed the Child Declaration for Road Safety, a declaration that calls on decision-makers to commit to improving road safety for children. On May 7th, the Child Declaration was presented to the Secretary General of the National Road Safety Committee and Deputy Director of Central Department of Public Order from the National Police in Phnom Penh. 

Lastly, AIP Foundation conducted street-based activities in six target districts under the “Head Safe. Helmet On.” project and in support of UN Global Road Safety Week. We engaged police and Commune Road Safety Committee members in each district to implement activities. Police stopped motorcyclists with un-helmeted passengers, and committee members educated passengers on the importance of helmet use and provided them with educational flyers. The project also provides subsidized helmets to motorcycle passengers who reside in target communes.

Road safety education and awareness raising is crucial for the protection of children and their families on the roads. With your support, we hope to create a generation of smart and safe road users in Cambodia. Let's work together to #SaveKidsLives.

Students present Child Declaration to government
Students present Child Declaration to government
Motorcyclists learn why helmet use is important
Motorcyclists learn why helmet use is important
Apr 10, 2015

Expansion of "Helmets for Kids" to a new province and enhanced child helmet enforcement

Kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province
Kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province

On March 17, 2015, AIP Foundation organized a kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province to mark another year of Helmets for Kids. This is the first year Quang Nam Province schools are receiving helmet donations and road safety education under the Helmets for Kids program. Five primary schools in Quang Nam Province received 2,987 helmets at the ceremony. Representatives from the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), and local partners attended the ceremony and took part in the symbolic helmet handover.

A total of 9,100 helmets will be distributed to primary students and teachers at 44 schools across Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Dong Nai, and Quang Nam provinces throughout 2015. The remaining helmets will be distributed in September at the start of the 2015-2016 school year to primary schools in these four provinces. The selected schools are located in four of 15 major provinces implementing the National Child Helmet Action Plan. The Action Plan is coordinated by AIP Foundation, NTSC, and other road safety supporters and aims to reach 80% child helmet-wearing rates by 2016.

On April 2, 2015, the C67 traffic police and NTSC launched the National Enforcement Action Plan for child helmet use. The National Enforcement Action Plan will be applied and implemented in provinces across Vietnam and will connect all relevant agencies, including district-, commune-, and village-level enforcement with the ability to enhance police monitoring together. The National Enforcement Action Plan is a part of the larger National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to significantly increase child helmet-wearing rates.

Representatives from the C67, NTSC, MoET, traffic police, and supporting partners attended the launch. An “enhanced police enforcement” week scheduled from April 6-10, 2015 is a major component of the plan.

As part of the “enhanced police enforcement” week, police and public security forces will patrol schools for compliance with the child helmet law. From April 6-9, motorcycle drivers whose children are not wearing helmets will be stopped and given a ‘reminder’ and all violation cases will be reported to the schools to take further action. These ‘reminders’ will shift to traffic penalty fines on April 10, 2015. Police will then begin strict enforcement for violators who do not put helmets on child passengers.

This government prioritization of child helmet use would not have been possible without your support. Your contributions have enabled us to implement our Helmets for Kids programs, which involves a component of government engagement. Through the implementation of our school-based programs, we have strengthened our relationships with the government, increased their focus on road safety, and built their capacity to effectively improve Vietnam’s roads. The National Child Helmet Action Plan is a key example, and similar policy changes will lead to more sustainable and widespread interventions that protect Vietnamese children from road traffic casualties.

AIP Foundation teaches a child how to use a helmet
AIP Foundation teaches a child how to use a helmet
Students celebrate their new helmets with a dance
Students celebrate their new helmets with a dance
Launch event for child helmet enforcement plan
Launch event for child helmet enforcement plan

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