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.
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.
Jan 9, 2015

Extracurricular activities reinforce students' helmet use in Vietnam

Students promote helmet safety messages on stage.
Students promote helmet safety messages on stage.

Extracurricular activities are a major component of the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program. These activities are enacted to reinforce students’ awareness of child helmet use and road safety. Hundreds of Vietnamese students participated in engaging road safety themed games and performances these past few months.

Last November, 39 Helmets for Kids schools in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Dong Nai provinces participated in “Making Traffic Safety Fun” talent shows. These shows were the first extracurricular events under the Helmets for Kids program to gather schools province-wide. Through the arts of song, dance, and fashion, students and teachers showcased their road safety knowledge and expressed their commitment to helmet use and safe road behavior. Representatives from the Vietnamese government, AIP Foundation, and corporate partners played the role of talent show judges.

AIP Foundation organized a Traffic Safety Day on December 11th at Chuong Duong Primary School in Hanoi. More than 380 individuals, including students and teachers of Chuong Duong Primary School, attended the event. Students participated in traffic safety games and were educated on how to wear helmets correctly. Traffic Safety Day was a project component of our Helmets for Families program in Ho Chi Minh City and Tra Vinh Province.

An extracurricular event was organized at Ai Quoc Primary School in Hanoi on December 16th. Over 850 individuals attended, including students, teachers, and parents of Ai Quoc Primary School; the Ai Quoc Bureau of Education and Training; and the Ai Quoc People’s Committee and Youth Union. Parents and teachers teamed up with students to learn about the importance of using helmets and being safe on the roads. 

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide students with these fun opportunities to understand the importance of wearing helmets when traveling by motorcycle or bicycle. We will continue reinforcing this life-saving message over the coming months.

Students are excited about Traffic Safety Day!
Students are excited about Traffic Safety Day!
Students team up to complete the road safety game.
Students team up to complete the road safety game.
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

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