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.
Nov 26, 2014

Making Strides and Saving Lives with "Head Safe. Helmet On."

Protec Helmet Factory in Soc Son, Vietnam
Protec Helmet Factory in Soc Son, Vietnam

The number of road crash fatalities and injuries have dramatically surged in recent years due to rapid motorization. Road crashes in Cambodia kill nine times more people annually than malaria, dengue fever, HIV/AIDS, and landmines combined.

AIP Foundation’s “Head Safe. Helmet On.” project aims to stem the toll of road crashes by increasing passenger helmet use in Cambodia. This two-year project has three main components: provision of quality helmets and road safety education to school children and teachers; public awareness campaigns; and government advocacy for the passage and enforcement of the passenger helmet law. We have achieved great progress with "Head Safe. Helmet On." over the past three months.

 

Cambodian officials visit Hanoi helmet labs to deliberate building centers in Cambodia 

This past October, AIP Foundation coordinated meetings in Hanoi between Cambodian and Vietnamese senior government officials. Officials discussed and shared best practices on road safety management, helmet quality standards, and helmet use enforcement. During this visit, Cambodian officials visited Protec, AIP Foundation’s non-profit helmet factory. The officials toured Protec’s helmet factory and testing laboratory in Hanoi as well as the Vietnamese government’s helmet testing center. Cambodian officials learned about the establishment and maintenance of helmet testing centers in Vietnam to determine the feasibility of building a similar facility in Cambodia. The Cambodian draft traffic law, which mandates helmet wearing for all motorcycle passengers, is expected to be enacted in 2015. A helmet laboratory in Cambodia would be imperative to increase helmet use across the country.

 

200 participants attend the National Assembly’s Parliamentary Consultative Workshop 

On October 21st, the Ninth Commission of National Assembly held a Parliamentary Consultative Workshop on the “Law on Road Traffic” at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh. At the workshop, Mr. Kim Pagna, AIP Foundation’s Cambodia Country Director, presented the following study: “Cost and Life Savings Analysis if the Passenger Helmet Law is passed and enforced by 2014.” The plenary session of the workshop was attended by approximately 200 participants, including Members of Parliament, Senate, government and civil society representatives, and youth group affiliates. The workshop raised awareness of the draft road traffic law and the importance of road safety.

 

AIP Foundation hosts commune-wide meetings to deepen the discussion on the "Head Safe. Helmet On." project 

AIP Foundation organized the first round of commune-wide meetings in the “Head Safe. Helmet On.” target districts from November 13th to 28th. Commune council members, commune secretaries, school teachers, commune police, and private sector partners attended the meetings. Commune representatives were introduced to and updated on the project, and began developing local road safety action plans which will improve passenger and child helmet behavior in their communities. The meetings aimed to establish a Commune-Based Road Safety Working Group in all 18 target communes, which will coordinate and implement activities on road safety and helmet use at the commune level.

 

Thank you for supporting the “Protect Cambodian Children from Brain Injury” project. Without your help, these achievements with "Head Safe. Helmet On." would not have been possible.

With your continued support, AIP Foundation can persevere towards reducing the detrimental, yet preventable number of head injuries and fatalities that plague Cambodian children. Please contact Chelsea Gaviola (Development Coordinator) from AIP Foundation at chelsea.gaviola@aipf-vietnam.org with your ideas on how we can work together to boost awareness and attract more champions to this cause. 

National Assembly
National Assembly's "Law on Road Traffic" Workshop
Target communes discuss project implementation
Target communes discuss project implementation
Oct 13, 2014

A new school year starts with thousands of helmet donations

Students receive helmet donations in September.
Students receive helmet donations in September.

The Vietnamese school year began in September. AIP Foundation collaborated with its partners to bring thousands of helmets to young students in Vietnam through the Helmets for Kids program. The goal is to equip students with helmets so that they may be protected from head injuries and fatalities for the remainder of the year.

The first week of September was an exciting period for students at Trung Vuong and Ai Quoc Primary School—it was time for the Helmets for Kids kick-off ceremonies! On September 9th, 1,925 students at Trung Vuong Primary School, located in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, received high-quality helmets from AIP Foundation. The ceremony was filled with students’ speeches and performances that demonstrated the importance of safe roads and quality helmets.

Students at Ai Quoc Primary School, which is located in Hai Duong Province, have been the beneficiaries of the Helmets for Kids program for over three years. In the program’s first year, all students and teachers at Ai Quoc Primary School received helmets and road safety education. For the second and third program years, helmets were donated to first graders; new teachers; and students from second to fifth grade who had outgrown, lost, or damaged their helmets. 882 helmets have been donated to Ai Quoc Primary School students over the past three years.

On September 16th, a ceremony was held to renew school excitement for road safety and bring 240 new helmets and educational materials to students.

In addition to helmet ceremonies, AIP Foundation conducted head size measurement activities for two primary schools in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. This activity is vital because it ensures that each student receives a properly-sized helmet that will protect them from head injury in a crash. Volunteers visited the two project schools and measured the head sizes of more than 2,000 students for an upcoming helmet donation.

We hope that 2014-2015 will be another fascinating school year for students at our Helmets for Kids project schools. These students will not only receive new helmets as part of their school uniforms, but learn life-saving traffic knowledge and skills to become safe road users.  Help us to continue the momentum and support helmet safety for children by donating now!

Properly-sized helmets protect students
Properly-sized helmets protect students' heads.
Aug 29, 2014

Improving Road Safety Knowledge of Cambodian Students, Parents, and Community Members

Thank you for supporting AIP Foundation's efforts to Protect Cambodian Children from Brain Injury. Please see the attached file for our full progress report from June to August 2014.

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There are many opportunities over the summer for students, parents, and community members to exercise the road safety knowledge that they gained from AIP Foundation’s school year activities. In June, July, and August 2014, AIP Foundation organized several road safety awareness events in Cambodia.

Students

Thanks to your support, AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids project in Cambodia reached 2,760 primary school students at three schools in Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces. These children received high-quality helmets and road safety education. The results from this project surpassed expectations, with average helmet use rates across the schools surging from nearly zero to 86 percent by the end of the school year. Students had opportunities to practice their road safety knowledge by participating in interactive activities led by traffic police. These activities equipped children with life-saving skills and prepared them to be safer road users.

Parents

A forum titled “My mom and helmet use” took place at Wat Preah Put Primary School to motivate mothers to educate their children on road safety. At the forum, fifty mothers were educated on the consequences of road crashes and how helmets protect individuals from preventable head injury and death. Mothers expressed their concerns and shared their stories on helmet safety. At the end of the forum, parents pledged that they would remind their children to always wear a helmet when traveling via motorcycle or bicycle. 

The Community

Engaging the public is an important part of AIP Foundation’s advocacy efforts.AIP Foundation staff and volunteers reached hundreds of people in the surrounding communities of the Wat Preah Put Primary School. Materials were developed and distributed to educate community members on the importance of wearing a helmet and the dangerous traffic situation in Cambodia. Posters were hung strategically in popular communal areas. Volunteers informed the community of the upcoming traffic law, which will make helmet use mandatory for all passengers. AIP Foundation is placing great effort in advocating for this law.

Moving Forward

With your continued support, AIP Foundation can persevere towards reducing the detrimental, yet preventable number of head injuries and fatalities that plague Cambodian children. Please contact Chelsea Gaviola (Development Coordinator) from AIP Foundation at chelsea.gaviola@aipf-vietnam.org with your ideas on how we can work together to boost awareness and attract more champions to this cause.


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