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 27, 2010

AIP Foundation at Clinton Global Initiative

Greig Craft is in the yellow helmet.
Greig Craft is in the yellow helmet.

Last week, leaders from across the world gathered in New York City for the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to confront the world's most pressing issues. There were big names from the private sector, government, non-governmental organizations, and more: Mayor Bloomberg, Katie Couric of CBS News, Mary J. Blige, presidents and CEOs, and of course, former President Bill Clinton. Among all these illustrious people, our founder and CEO Greig Craft was invited not only to attend, but to speak! At the Promoting Safe Roads Action Network Meeting, Greig spoke about AIP Foundation's success in Vietnam and the challenges ahead, in Vietnam and abroad. In addition, Bill Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg formally recognized our plans to promote road safety around the world (check out the Youtube video - oh, and the Co-Founder and CEO of Youtube, Chad Hurley, was also there).

As a part of the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative, we announced a three year plan to expand our work in Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Uganda at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting. The Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative is partnership between AIP Foundation, FIA Foundation, World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and operates under the mission "a helmet on every head" in the UN's Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011 to 2020). Here's the concept: we fought diseases like polio and smallpox with vaccines. Like these infectious diseases, road traffic crashes are devastating to their victims, their families, the medical system, and the country as a whole. And like those infectious diseases, we have a vaccine - the helmet! Helmets have been proven to reduce the likelihood of serious brain injury by 70% and fatality by 42%.

So we're taking our message abroad! We've learned a lot from our work in Vietnam that we think other countries can benefit from. Cambodia, India and Uganda have rising rates of road traffic fatalities and injuries as they motorize. We'll be partnering with local nonprofit organizations in India and Uganda. And in Cambodia, we've already begun implementing programs.

Here's the goal: 94 schools across four countries over three years receive helmets and road traffic safety training 81 million people across four countries benefit from public awareness education campaigns on road safety

Look out for more projects and updates as we gear up for a busy and exciting three years!

With Michelle Yeoh and Julia Ormond
With Michelle Yeoh and Julia Ormond

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Aug 26, 2010

AIP Foundation in Indonensia

The Helmet Handover Ceremony
The Helmet Handover Ceremony

This summer, AIP Foundation has been busy building the groundwork for new projects throughout Southeast Asia. We partnered with Chevron, Mitsui Exploration, and PTT Exploration and Production to provide a Helmets for Kids helmet donation and education program to the Batu Ampar Primary School in Batam, Indonesia. The 'Helmet Handover' Ceremony, featuring student performances, kicked off the year-long initiative in style, encouraging excitement and pride in their new helmet among the students. The Helmets for Kids program will continue throughout the year, providing activities outside the classroom pertaining to road traffic safety.

The full press release is on our website http://asiainjury.org/main/updates-newsreader/items/chevron-and-partners-sponsor-helmets-for-kids-road-safety-event-at-batam-primary-school.html.

Look for more updates soon on AIP Foundation joining the Clinton Global Initiative Conference!

Jul 13, 2010

Meetings with the Asia Injury Prevention Fdn

Billboard in Ho Chi Minh City
Billboard in Ho Chi Minh City

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. In early January he visited the AIP Foundation offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as the Protec helmet manufacturing facility outside of Hanoi. His “Postcard” from the visit:

A motobike (or “xe om”), ubiquitous in Vietnam’s cities, cruises down the street carrying three passengers: Dad in the back, reaching around Mom to drive—she with their young daughter standing between her legs. The parents wear helmets but the daughter, not required to by law, does not. Cut in to the scene are snippets from their happy daily lives. The motobike approaches an intersection. A truck doesn’t stop. They’re hit and the little girl goes flying. The screen fades to black as you hear the parents frantically calling out for their daughter…and receiving no response. It is with powerful, award-winning videos depicting tragically common scenes like these that AIP Foundation helps change the perception of wearing helmets, for everyone, in Vietnam. Taking another angle, they also have billboards around town (like the one I saw in the attached picture) showing famous people in Vietnam wearing helmets.

Recognizing that all helmets are not created equal, AIP Foundation produces helmets itself through a separate company called Protec. The design takes into account feedback from riders and common complaints about helmets. At their manufacturing facility, where they mostly employ individuals with a physical disability (who otherwise have a very difficult time finding a job in Vietnam), I saw them doing extensive quality testing of their helmets and those of competitors. Unfortunately, the current law mandating helmets (for adults) does not specify the quality of the helmet. (A few weeks later in Thailand, which has a similar law, I even saw a Thai woman wearing an American football helmet!) The Protec design was faring better in the tests I saw than many of its competitors.

My time in Vietnam did not overlap with any of their trainings, but their account of progress thus far made it sound like the expansion of AIP Foundation efforts elsewhere through the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative will impact many lives. The analogy of a helmet as a vaccine against an ailment for which there is no cure (i.e. brain damage) is a powerful one—particularly when you consider that more people die each year from road accidents than malaria. I’m happy to see they’ve recently secured a permanent spot on GlobalGiving!

Testing Protec helmets vs. the competition
Testing Protec helmets vs. the competition
Protec helmets looked to be holding up much better
Protec helmets looked to be holding up much better

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