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.
Apr 8, 2014

Support Helmet Safety for Children

This year, AIP Foundation has more support than ever before for helmet safety for children in Vietnam!

In March, AIP Foundation representatives attended workshops on child helmet use along with key stakeholders, including the World Health Organization and Vietnam Red Cross. At the workshops, stakeholders brainstormed solutions to advocate for enforcement of child helmet regulation across the country. The workshops resulted in commitment from all stakeholders to follow-up on specific actionable items to increase child helmet use rates nationwide. AIP Foundation has since developed a concrete action plan to continue advocacy and targeted interventions in 2014 and beyond.

AIP Foundation has also increased its efforts to encourage parents to be role models for their children by wearing standard helmets. On March 28, AIP Foundation organized a stakeholder orientation workshop to launch the new Helmets for Families program, which not only provides students and teachers with standard helmets, but also offers parents the opportunity to exchange their low quality helmets with standard ones at a subsidized price. This program aims to change behavior among children and parents, as well as raise awareness about the safety benefits of helmets that meet the national standard.

As AIP Foundation donates more and more helmets to children in Vietnam each year, it is important that it increases support for helmet safety for children. With more stakeholders, partners, and supporters dedicated to the cause, the greatest impact is achieved: children’s lives saved. Help us to continue the momentum and support helmet safety for children by donating now!

Feb 24, 2014

Busy start to 2014 for road safety in Cambodia

Students sign banners for passenger helmet law
Students sign banners for passenger helmet law

At the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, AIP Foundation has been involved in a number of activities to increase awareness and improve road safety in Cambodia. Through interventions at project schools and advocacy activities, road safety education and awareness raising has reached thousands of students, parents, teachers, and other community members.

Students and teachers at two high schools in Phnom Penh received high-quality helmets and comprehensive road safety education under the Helmets for Youth project. The schools were selected due to their proximity to high-volume traffic roads and low helmet wearing rates. The project aimed to increase awareness about the importance of safe road behaviors including the safety benefits of wearing helmets. To further prioritize helmet use, AIP Foundation invited students to show their support for improved road safety by signing banners that called for passage and implementation of passenger helmet legislation. The project will continue in 2014 with a reinforcement of lessons that aim to create an effective model for other high schools to implement in the region. 

Primary school students, teachers, and parents in Chamkamorn District participated in Helmets for Kids extracurricular activities that focused on the benefits of wearing helmets. Over 100 students took part in activities such as interactive games, painting contests, and Q&A sessions, which increased their knowledge of safe behaviors as motorcycle passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, parents were invited to a helmet safety workshop about why it is important for them and their passengers to always wear helmets. Activities were planned around the Lunar New Year, which research has shown is a high-risk time for traffic crashes in Cambodia. Helmet wearing rates have significantly increased at target schools after interventions, with an average increase from 0 percent to 90 percent for child passengers.

AIP Foundation is excited for 2014 with even more helmet donations, school-based road safety education programs, and public awareness campaigns. With support from generous donors, AIP Foundation will be able to continue to work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people on Cambodia’s roads.

Students practice crossing the road safely
Students practice crossing the road safely
Jan 6, 2014

A Great End to 2013

Throughout the past year, AIP Foundation implemented numerous traffic safety interventions in Vietnam aimed at protecting children from road crashes. The last few months of 2013 were no exception; thousands of children received life-saving traffic safety knowledge and skills to carry with them into the new year.

In Ha Tinh Province, more than 10,000 students and teachers from 14 primary schools received helmets and traffic safety education. The project targeted schools located on dangerous roads with high student accident rates. By the end of the year, helmet wearing rates among target students increased to over 90 percent. According to government statistics, no road accidents occurred among these students from 2012 to 2013.  On November 30, AIP Foundation and key stakeholders from the government and private sector organized a closing ceremony for the project. This year, the project will continue at all 14 schools and expand to other schools in Ha Tinh Province. By continuing the project at these schools, traffic safety lessons will be reinforced and the schools will become models for road safety in the community.

The last few months of 2013 was also a time for AIP Foundation to reflect on the year and prepare for the future. On December 5, AIP Foundation organized a review workshop with support from government agencies to review activities at five project schools in Dong Nai. Project coordinators also visited the schools to conduct student and parent interviews and focus groups in order to improve next year’s activities.

In an end-of-the-year celebration, 4,500 students and parents joined “Kids love helmets” family days in Ho Chi Minh City on December 14 and 22. At the family days, participants had the chance to have fun while learning about road safety and the importance of helmets through activities like puzzles, helmet decorating, and flash mob dancing. These events were part of the “Children also need a helmet” public awareness campaign, a national campaign that began in 2011 with the goal of improving helmet wearing among children, correcting parents’ misconceptions about child helmet use, and increasing awareness about road safety. Phase III of the campaign ran from September to December 2013 and included activities such as airing TV commercials, installing billboards, organizing information sessions, holding contests, and increasing police enforcement.

All in all, 2013 was an important year for road safety in Vietnam. AIP Foundation distributed more helmets to children than ever before, and child helmet wearing rates increased to over 90 percent among target students. However, with steadfast and generous support from individuals and sponsors, 2014 is shaping up to be an even better year for safety on Vietnam’s roads.

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