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.
Sep 11, 2011

A New Vietnamese School Year Approaches

Greig Craft receives the Friendship Medal
Greig Craft receives the Friendship Medal

Thank you for your support for the project "Make Child Helmets the Norm in Vietnam." The Vietnamese child helmet public awareness campaign continues to be developed in a way that will move the Vietnamese population towards action on improving child helmet use. However, to concentrate our GlobalGiving fundraising efforts, we will be removing this project and applying donations towards our other project, "Give a Vietnamese Child a Helmet; Save a Life." Your donation will continue to support AIP Foundation's efforts and donors will continue to receive project updates. Before that happens, though, read below about what's been going at at AIP Foundation over the past couple months:

We’ve been busy this summer here at AIP Foundation, getting everything ready for the start of the new school year. In the next few months, public awareness campaigns will start up in three countries, and we’ll be running school-based programs in more schools than ever before. This summer, we’ve been focusing on researching the communities and issues we work with to make sure our programs are as effective as possible.

We also continue to grow so that we can more effectively implement programs in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and other countries. Just this summer, AIP Foundation added a national program manager for Vietnam, an executive manager to coordinate international efforts, and a program assistant to support our busy program staff.  

Greig Craft Receives Prestigious Friendship Medal

One of our proudest moments this summer happened mid-July, when our President, Greig Craft, received the Vietnamese Friendship Medal, the highest honor given to foreigners in Vietnam. The Minister of Transport thanked Greig for his contributions to road traffic safety in Vietnam, saying, “Your innovations in the development and design of a tropical motorbike helmet have already saved many lives.” This was exciting for everyone at AIP Foundation, and we want to thank all of our sponsors, partners, and friends for helping us get as far as we have.

Pedestrian Research Report for Dong Nai Province and Driving Skills Focus Group

All of our projects are research-based, and this summer we completed two studies that will inform our programs. The first was a report on the traffic safety situation in Dong Nai province in Vietnam, specifically as it relates to pedestrians and children. The second was a series of focus groups on adults’ perceptions about driving skills and safety. This will be the basis for an upcoming campaign about adult drivers’ road behaviors. Although many of our programs focus on helmet use as a preventative measure, we recognize that 95% of crashes are due to human error, which we hope to address through driving skills education.

Thailand and Cambodia

AIP Foundation has offices in Thailand and Cambodia as well as Vietnam, and these offices have been very busy this summer!

Our Cambodian team ran a Stakeholder Consultative Meeting in Phnom Penh in collaboration with several government bodies to brainstorm strategies for a Passenger Helmet Campaign we’ll be running very soon.

On the program side, ANZ Royal Bank sponsored a Helmets for Kids (HFK) ceremony in Cambodia where they donated 453 helmets to children. Parents were especially enthusiastic about the murals painted on the school’s wall, reminding them to put helmets on their children’s heads.

In Thailand, Diversey Hygiene sponsored a Helmets for Kids event in Patumtanee, and 280 children received life-saving helmets and road safety education. The ceremony included a traditional Thai dance for children, teachers, parents, sponsors, and government members attending.

AIP Foundation was also present in Bangkok at the Time for Action Conference, where policies and implementation strategies aimed at preventing and mitigating road accidents were discussed and reviewed.

As our school-based programs ramp up, the public awareness campaigns are developed, and our international efforts expand, feel free to check out our website for updates. Your support and contributions continue to make all of these activities possible, so we'll continue to keep you updated through these GlobalGiving reports. As someone committed to our cause, we encourage you to get in touch at any time if you have questions or ideas. We also hope that you'll keep telling your friends about the work we do and why it means something to you.

Road safety mural at a program school in Cambodia
Road safety mural at a program school in Cambodia
AIP Foundation at the Time for Action Conference
AIP Foundation at the Time for Action Conference
Jun 15, 2011

New Projects for a New Decade

Goodwill Ambassador Miss Vietnamese World
Goodwill Ambassador Miss Vietnamese World

Last month, May 11th marked a big day for road safety – countries around the world celebrated the beginning of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020! The goal of the Decade is to stop the epidemic of road traffic crash fatalities by 2020; every day, 3,500 people leave home and never return because they have been suddenly, violently, killed in a road crash. This is not inevitable. This Decade is an opportunity for everyone – governments and local communities, companies and individuals – to make our streets safer wherever we live.

AIP Foundation supported launching activities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Uganda. In Vietnam, Australian Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms. Quentin Bryce, joined our Helmets for Kids helmet donation and education project in Hanoi. We shared a documentary featuring Michelle Yeoh on the burden of road traffic crashes and what we can do about it in Cambodia. In Thailand, goodwill ambassadors led a Decade motorcycle parade around Bangkok, giving away t-shirts, posters, and information on road safety. All of these activities had one aim: to spread the word that we must act to make our roads safer.

It’s time we start thinking about road crashes like HIV/AIDS and other public health crises. We need to build awareness. Road crashes and their consequent carnage are completely preventable; 95% of road crashes are the result of human error. To build awareness, the UN Decade has designed a tag, symbolizing the wearer’s commitment to safer roads. Check out who has already shown their support here.

As a part of an international movement to stop road traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries, AIP Foundation is more hopeful and active than ever. And it is thanks to the support of our friends all over the world. Thanks again for believing and acting.

Plus, check out our updated projects! To give you a better idea of what AIP Foundation is up to, we’ve split our activities in Vietnam into two projects: “Make Child Helmets The Norm in Vietnam” for our public awareness activities, and “Give a Vietnamese Child a Helmet; Save a Life” for our primary school education programs. Stay tuned for more on Cambodia and Thailand.

Australian Governor-General donates child helmets
Australian Governor-General donates child helmets
Motorcycle parade in Bangkok, Thailand
Motorcycle parade in Bangkok, Thailand
Former AIP interns & friends with the Tag in NYC
Former AIP interns & friends with the Tag in NYC
Decade Tag projected on Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi
Decade Tag projected on Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi

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Mar 15, 2011

A Great Start to 2011

Students at the Helmet Fitting Workshop
Students at the Helmet Fitting Workshop

Welcome to first Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation post for 2011. As predicted things have got off to a busy start this year and we’ve got plenty to update you!

Thank you

First of all we'd like to say a big thank you to all those who supported us and made donations last year and we hope that you'll continue to support us during 2011. The vital work of the AIP Foundation would not be possible without the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors, so all contributions, big or small, are gratefully received.

This Wednesday, March 16th, is a Global Giving Bonus Day, so any donations we receive on the day will be matched by Global Giving.

Helmets for Kids Schools Partnership

The beginning of 2011 has seen the development of our Helmets for Kids program in conjunction with the British International School, Vietnam (BISV). The school has partnered with the 762 students at Tran Khan Du primary school, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The partnership is based on three levels of involvement: fundraising, joint activities between the primary schools, and helmet training workshops for the BISV secondary students.

The project has got off to an exciting start with BISV raising $10,000 for the provision of helmets at the Tran Khanh Du School which will be distributed at a helmet handover ceremony later this month. In addition, the primary schools are participating in ongoing joint lessons aimed to facilitate language exchange through song, and transport education through lego based activities. On March 9, the AIP Foundation also conducted a helmet fitting workshop for the Year 9s at BISV, in order for class volunteers to accompany Foundation staff to the Tran Khan Du School to conduct fittings and monitor helmet compliance rates. 

Michelle Yeoh Films Road Safety Documentary in Cambodia

Over in Cambodia, the FIA Foundation recently coordinated with AIP to film a documentary for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, featuring actress and Global Road Safety Ambassador Michelle Yeoh.  The documentary demonstrates the burden of traffic fatalities in Cambodia and examines the many interventions being implemented to combat this public health crisis.

"My visit to Cambodia aims to show that these deaths and injuries can be prevented", said Michelle Yeoh. "They can be prevented by simple acts like always wearing a motorcycle helmet. This year, as we launch the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, we should be more determined than ever to keep everyone, and especially our children, safe from harm". 

One of the main emphases of the documentary was to promote the wearing of helmets and advocate for quick passage of a law mandating helmets for motorcycle passengers.  Currently, the law only requires motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, despite them being proven to reduce the likelihood of death from a road traffic crash by 42 percent and the likelihood of injury by 69 percent. As it stands, preliminary data from helmet use observations conducted in January 2011 show that helmet use is extremely low among motorbike passengers.  In Phnom Penh, passenger helmet use rates were recorded between 8 and 12 percent during the daytime and between 6 and 8 percent at nighttime. 

"We see helmets as a 'vaccine' against traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death from motorbike crashes," said Mirjam Sidik, Executive Director of AIP Foundation. "We hope this documentary inspires viewers to encourage their families and loved ones to wear helmets and serves as a catalyst to change social norms."

Welcome

And last, but by no means least, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to Kim Pagna, the AIP Foundation’s newly appointed director for the country. With an established background in road safety in the area, Pagna is a valuable asset to lead the Foundation’s operations from the office in Phnom Penh. Commenting on his new position Pagna says, “In 2010, road traffic crashes caused the largest non-communicable-disease burden in Cambodia. I look forward to working with AIP Foundation to combat this growing public health crisis; and to helping AIP Foundation's commitment to put a helmet on every head becomes a reality.”

For more information on the AIP Foundation and its activities, please visit: www.asiainjury.org

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Students Present Their Work
Students Present Their Work
Michelle Yeoh Fitting Helmet on Student
Michelle Yeoh Fitting Helmet on Student
Michelle, Greig and Children
Michelle, Greig and Children

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