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.
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.

Nov 27, 2013

Helmets Saved 6 Children from Brain Injury

Helmets for Kids kick-off ceremony in Cambodia
Helmets for Kids kick-off ceremony in Cambodia

Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, with the support of generous donors, gave 3,448 children life-saving helmets and road safety education in Cambodia last school year through the Helmets for Kids program.

Helmets for Kids is AIP Foundation’s signature program that provides primary school students with high-quality helmets as well as teaches them the importance of wearing helmets and practicing safe road behavior. In addition to donating helmets and training teachers and students in road safety, the program also educates parents to put helmets on their children and raises awareness of issues surrounding road safety in the wider community.

During the 2012-2013 school year, the program was implemented at four schools in Cambodia, where helmet wearing rates increased from .1 percent to nearly 90 percent. Helmets essentially became part of the school uniform, as students were committed to wearing helmets when commuting to and from school each day.

Helmets donated through the Helmets for Kids program in Cambodia saved six children from injury in crashes. Since these children were all wearing helmets at the time of the crashes, they were protected from potential brain injury.

On April 15, 2013, fifth grader Phal Phada and his mother were on their way to a pagoda on a motorcycle when they were hit by another motorcyclist. Phada and his mother were thrown off of the motorcycle and landed in the middle of the road. Phada’s right knee was bleeding and he had scratches on his body. Thankfully, both Phada and his mother were wearing helmets, so they were protected from serious injury. Phada shared his story with his friends to help them understand the importance of always wearing helmets.  

By donating to the “Protect Cambodian Children from Brain Injury” project, you can help protect more children like Phada from serious injury in crashes. These children risk their lives every day by commuting to and from school by motorcycle without wearing helmets. Help to change this behavior and allow children to grow safely and pursue their dreams today!

Phada, a child protected from injury by a helmet
Phada, a child protected from injury by a helmet
Oct 14, 2013

After helmets are donated: follow up visits to schools

Pham Minh Thuan
Pham Minh Thuan

After helmets are donated: following up with student and teacher crash cases

During August and September we revisited 32 Helmets for Kids project schools in the Ha Tinh, Dong Nai, and Quang Binh provinces of Vietnam to check on helmet use rates follow-up with road safety education. During these visits, we were told of 30 incidents of students (and 1 teacher) of project schools being involved in traffic crashes. In all 30 crashes there was not a single head injury- every individual walked away from the scene thanks to the helmet they received as a donation.  

As much as we love children’s excitement and joy at receiving helmet donations, seeing them continue to wear their helmets throughout the year and learning about instances that these helmets saved their lives never fails to move us.

Here are a few of their stories:

On September 14th, fourth grader Pham Minh Thuan was riding on a motorcycle with his sister near their home when another motorcyclist collided into them and they fell into the street.  Thuan sustained some scratches on his arm but no head injury thanks to the helmet he received as a donation. 

On August 26th, third grader Nguyen Thi Thuy Dung was riding her bicycle to school when she collided with another bicyclist and fell down onto the sidewalk. Her head hit the pavement but she was not seriously injured because she was wearing the helmet she received as a donation. Dung walked away from the accident with a few scratches and made it to school.

Second grader Phan Thi Khanh Linh was riding home from the park by motorcycle with her mother. A dog ran into their path and they were unable to avoid it. Linh fell off of the motorcycle and sprained her ankle. Thanks to the helmet she was wearing, she did not sustain a serious injury.

This July, Nguyen Thanh Huong, teacher at So 1 Thach Ha primary school in Ha Tinh, was travelling home to her village when she collided with a motorcyclist driving the wrong way down a one-way street. She fell from her motorcycle with such force that the hard shell of her helmet was broken. The helmet she received as a donation absorbed the full impact of the collision, and she walked away from the crash with only a few scratches on her arm.

These are just a few stories we collected. The helmets we donate always come with a lesson in traffic safety, and we hope that these lessons prevent most of our target population from even being involved in crashes to begin with.

In addition to providing helmets to students and teachers, we are expanding to donate helmets to as many mothers as we can. 

Nguyen Thi Thuy Dung
Nguyen Thi Thuy Dung
Phan Thi Khanh Linh
Phan Thi Khanh Linh
Nguyen Thanh Huong
Nguyen Thanh Huong

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