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.
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
Feb 18, 2015

New Road Traffic Law Passes in Cambodia!

Students are excited to wear their new helmets!
Students are excited to wear their new helmets!

New Road Traffic Law Passes in Cambodia

The Cambodian National Assembly has approved the new Road Traffic Law, in which motorcycle passengers—including children—are required to wear helmets. This is a milestone event after 8 years of collective efforts by many organizations, including AIP Foundation. When the draft law was about to ‘leave our children behind’ in 2011, we led an initiative that resulted in the inclusion of children in the draft passenger helmet mandate. 

In response to research findings that 98% of the public was in support of a passenger helmet law, we then submitted a Joint Statement to the Minister of Transport in 2013 appealing for the law to be passed. In May 2014, we presented a study to the Government demonstrating that 561 lives could be saved, 10,572 head injuries prevented, and USD 98,618,422 could be saved by 2020, if the law was passed in 2014.

On January 9, 2015, Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on a more robust traffic law, completing the final step for legislation. Passengers who are older than 3 years and riding on a motorcycle will now have to wear a helmet. The law also limits the number of people on a motorcycle to one driver, one adult passenger, and one child, and allows for fines of up to $1,000 for drink drivers.

 

Helmets Reach Thousands of Children in Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Kampong Speu Provinces

In December 2014, thousands of helmets were donated to primary students in support of passenger helmet use. Three large helmet handover ceremonies and 15 smaller handover events were organized at schools in Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Kampong Speu Provinces. The helmet handovers included information on proper helmet wearing and the importance of helmet use. The students were enthusiastic and pledged to wear helmets as part of their school uniform, regardless the time and the distance. 

We organized a helmet donation of 6,652 helmets to students and teachers of six schools in Phnom Penh, with the support of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (USAID-DIV) as part of the “Head Safe. Helmet On.” project. Michelle Yeoh, celebrity road safety ambassador, and Cambodian Government officials came together to support the donation.

In addition to Phnom Penh, helmet safety programs were expanded to six schools in Kandal Province and six schools in Kampong Speu Province, totaling 16,022 high-quality helmets donated across the three target provinces.

Thank you for your support in protecting Cambodian children from brain injury. Without your contributions, these recent achievements would not have been possible!

 

 

Helmet handover at Tuol Svay Prey Primary School
Helmet handover at Tuol Svay Prey Primary School
Students at a road safety mural in Sdao Konleng
Students at a road safety mural in Sdao Konleng
Students learn how to wear their helmets properly.
Students learn how to wear their helmets properly.

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