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

Preparing for an Exciting Year

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

´╗┐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.  

 Read on to find out what we’ve been up to, and what we’re planning for the months ahead.

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 theseGlobal Giving 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
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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