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.
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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Jul 10, 2014

Collective efforts to promote child helmet use

Training workshop for policy makers in Hanoi
Training workshop for policy makers in Hanoi

As part of our efforts to protect children on the road in Vietnam, AIP Foundation conducts training workshops for journalists and policy makers with the aim of building capacity and enhancing the implementation of child helmet regulation and awareness raising. The trainings are part of our “Children also need a helmet” National Campaign, and provide participants with road safety and helmet use knowledge in order to enable them to maximize their roles in road safety behavior change communications and child helmet use promoting actions.

As the results of our trainings conducted in three major cities (Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hanoi) in 2013, the government and journalist trainees reported that they have effectively applied what they learned in their work and found these takeaways extremely useful. Within six months after the trainings, the journalists produced 80 news articles, features, and TV documentaries promoting child helmet use awareness. Meanwhile, the government officials applied the training takeaways in a variety of activities, such as training others, developing communications plans, and assessing the current helmet use situation. These exciting outcomes are tangible indicators of our program’s efficiency and incentives for us to conduct more capacity building programs. 

From the success of previous program, AIP Foundation is bringing capacity building trainings to six additional provinces in Vietnam. In June 2014, we met with road safety stakeholders, including government representatives, and the local media in these provinces. At the meeting, provincial governors showed their interest in the project and requested AIP Foundation to conduct road safety programs for local primary schools. Each province expressed their commitment to developing an action plan to increase local child helmet rates.

Our efforts to put a helmet on every child and protect children from brain injury cannot be achieved without the critical support and coordination of our stakeholders, especially media members and government officials. Our cooperation has been generating positive impacts and bringing us closer to a future of safer roads for children.

Meeting with road safety stakeholders
Meeting with road safety stakeholders
Children love helmets
Children love helmets

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