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.
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
Dec 21, 2010

A Busy Month in Road Safety

Concert to raise road safety awareness in Senegal
Concert to raise road safety awareness in Senegal

As 2010 comes to a close, the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation is busier than ever working to make your roads safer.

November 2010 marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative, an international coalition of road safety stakeholders dedicated to bringing AIP Foundation's proven road safety model to the developing world. In the past year, we've launched helmet programs in Senegal, Cambodia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Lebanon based on our success in Vietnam.

We're still hard at work in Vietnam though! In the past month, we've launched three road safety education programs at Vietnamese schools and have even recruited some local celebrities to join our cause. On November 18th, movie star Kathy Uyen and Australian Idol Thanh Bui joined AIP Foundation as Goodwill Ambassadors to commemorate victims and families on The World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims.

On December 4th, AIP Foundation's President Greig Craft received the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme's first annual Road Safety Award at their gala awards ceremony in Portugal:

"This is the first road safety award ever made by the FIM and reflects our concern about the global crisis arising from road traffic crashes," said Vito Ippolito, FIM President. "AIP Foundation's pioneering achievements in the area of child helmet use, and especially its innovation and creation of the affordable 'tropical' helmet, have demonstrated unparalleled leadership and solutions."

Here's to a successful 2010 and an even busier 2011!

Traffic Safety Park opened in Dong Nai, Vietnam
Traffic Safety Park opened in Dong Nai, Vietnam
Greig Craft receives FIM Road Safety Award
Greig Craft receives FIM Road Safety Award
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