Jun 5, 2019

Helmets for Kids launches in Siem Reap

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As we move from spring into summer, the school year is drawing to a close - but our work continues. Throughout Cambodia, we are continuing to implement sustainable, effective initiatives to help work towards our goal of ensuring that every child has the right to travel safely on the roads. Read on for more information about our recent activities:

Helmets for Kids launches in Siem Reap, donates helmets to high-risk primary school

24-03-2019 - Siem Reap

Students participate in interactive road safety curriculum

We gave 96 helmets to high-risk students at Phum O Primary School in Siem Reap as part of our Helmets for Kids program. This event was co-sponsored by a new partner, The Dirty Cuts Siem Reap Motorcycle Club (DCSR), a local motorcycle club founded in 2013 and based in Siem Reap. Proceeds from the Siem Reap Bike Meet, which was sponsored by DCSR, were also donated to the Helmets for Kids program. Phum O Primary School was selected for the helmet donation due to its dangerous location along National Highway 6, where three students were involved in road crashes last year. The event was especially timely given the upcoming Khmer New Year, when road crashes often occur in higher numbers than usual. At the ceremony, students received educational training and participated educational games.

Please see more photos here

Please read the press release here

AIP Foundation organizes safe driving campaign ahead of Khmer New Year

12-04-2019 - Phnom Penh

A Phnom Penh police officer providing safe driving tips to a driver.

Together with 72 government officials, police officers, youth ambassadors for road safety, and public and private sector representatives, AIP Foundation organized a safe driving campaign prior to the Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh. The main message of this campaign was “Travel safely during Khmer New Year without over-speeding.” Participants distributed informational pamphlets with safety information and signs about the dangers of speeding to drivers and talked to them about risks and laws related to speeding.

Speeding is the leading cause of death on the roads in Cambodia. In 2017, the Cambodian National Road Safety Committee found that 11% of all road crashes in Cambodia happened during national holidays. Many Cambodians travel to their hometowns and the roads are more heavily occupied during this time.

Through this campaign, we reached 1,100 drivers on the roads and at bus stations. Additionally, Cellcard and Metfone, two national mobile phone companies in Cambodia, supported this campaign by sending the campaign message to 1,000,000 subscribers.

See more photos from the campaign here.

Cambodian university students in Phnom Penh discuss crash prevention during UN Global Road Safety Week

10-05-2019 - Phnom Penh

Students at Asia Euro University speaking up for road safety.

AIP Foundation facilitated road safety youth discussions with nearly 200 students at Build Bright University and Asia Euro University in Phnom Penh. University students had the opportunity to speak up and raise their concerns in accordance with this year’s UN Global Road Safety Week theme of leadership for road safety.

Students shared ideas with a group of guest speakers including Mr. Sen Cheatvisoth, Deputy Director of Road Safety Department of the Ministry of Public Work and Transportation; General Long Thou, Deputy Director of Traffic Police and Public Order Department of the General Commissariat of National Police; and Mr. Kim Pagna, AIP Foundation Cambodia Country Director.

During the discussion, students raised many concerns about the dangerous roads near their universities and shared many practical suggestions on how universities and students could make roads safer. A majority of students suggested creating speed limits of 30 Km/h around universities and schools zone. Asia Euro University is a partner university as part of our Safety Delivered program, supported by The UPS Foundation.

View photos from the discussion here.

May 8, 2019

Vietnamese government commits to helmet safety

In the last quarter, we have collaborated with both the government and private sector organizations to distribute helmets, provide safety education, and spread public awareness of the importance of helmets. The Vietnamese government made firm commitments at the first Round the World Roundtable in March to support the UN's Voluntary Global Performance Targets for Road Safety. Read more below.

Vietnam commits to United Nations road crash prevention goals at Round the World Roundtable

19-03-2019 - Hanoi

Students at the Round the World Roundtable in Hanoi.

Leading up to the 3rd United Nations Ministerial Meeting scheduled in Sweden in February 2020, Vietnam has been selected to launch a 5-continent initiative organized by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. The initiative supports the UN Voluntary Global Performance Targets for Road Safety.

At the event, a symbolic baton was handed over to UN Special Envoy Jean Todt by the Government of Vietnam to signify their commitment.

“The Vietnamese government recognizes the challenges remaining and has committed to: 1) increase helmet wearing rates among children of Vietnam to over 80% by 2030; 2) enforce compliance of quality helmets and ban all counterfeit helmets that do not meet technical requirements; 3) ensure successful implementation of the 3-year GVN road safety action plan which includes the Global Road Safety Performance Targets; and 4) present these commitments in Stockholm in 2020,” said Dr. Khuat Viet Hung, Vice Chairman of the NTSC.

In turn, civil society partners and the corporate sector have committed to support the initiatives set forth by the Government, marking a global milestone in road crash prevention.

Read the full press release here.

View more photos from the Roundtable here.

Helmets for Families engages medical experts to enhance its school and family-based interventions

16-04-2019 - Ho Chi Minh City

Students welcome Abbott employees and volunteers to their school

Helmets for Families, supported by Abbott, introduced its sixth year of programming with a launch event held at Lam Van Ben Primary School in Nha Be District, where 1,292 students and teachers received free helmets. AIP Foundation hosted the event in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Education and Training.

This year’s Helmets for Families program will continue collaborating with doctors and medical professionals, using their experiences working with road crash victims to educate teachers, parents, and students about the very real dangers of not wearing a helmet. “Teachers and parents play an important role to promote and sustain safe road behavior for students,” said Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee. “Without their cooperation and enthusiasm it would be difficult to re-enforce safe helmet use. Educational activities directly influence the awareness and behavior of students, parents and community members to wear quality helmets properly.”

Last month, teachers and parents visited doctors and patients at Cho Ray National Hospital to learn from their experiences with road-related tragedies. Afterwards, this information was incorporated into teacher trainings at program schools. Helmets for Families provides communication materials to road crash injury patients and their families at national and local hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please see photos here

Please read the press release here to find out more about the event.

Helmets for Families engages teachers and volunteers to promote helmet wearing in Ho Chi Minh City

05-04-2019 - Ho Chi Minh City

Abbott volunteers implement creative interventions at Cu Chi District primary schools

During the first week of April, worked with a trainer from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health to deliver a series of teacher trainings for nearly 150 teachers at four program schools in Nha Be District as part of our Helmets for Familiesprogram sponsored by Abbott. The trainings focused on correct helmet use and gave advice on how to improve helmet wearing rates at each school. Teachers enthusiastically engaged in discussion sessions and brainstormed ideas to improve project implementation. Later in the week, AIP Foundation connected with volunteers from Abbott to create educational artwork to demonstrate correct helmet use for program schools in Cu Chi District. These paintings were hung up at the school gates to remind students and parents to always wear helmets. During the 2017-2018 school year, Helmets for Families made significant impacts at new intervention schools. The average helmet wearing rate at schools in Cu Chi District increased from 18% to 90%. Additionally, the rate of parents wearing quality helmets increased from 25% to 57% at the same new project schools.

Please see more photos from the launch here.

Mar 8, 2019

Helmet use training given in Cambodia

In the past few months, AIP Foundation has been hard at work providing vital information, training, and resources to children and adults in Cambodia. Read below for more.

Mothers honored with International Women’s Day road safety forum

06-03-2019- Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mothers share ideas about how protect their communities from road fatalities

In support of International Women’s Day, we organized a helmet use forum for 30 mothers at Hun Sen Krong Primary School in Cambodia. The forum is a vital part of the Helmets for Families program, which is sponsored by Manulife Cambodia. The mothers received information on the impact of road crashes on society and their families, the relationship between injury prevention and helmet use, and their role in encouraging helmet use among their families. Additionally, the mothers learned about Cambodian traffic law in Cambodia and safer behavior tips for the upcoming Khmer New Year.

Following with this crucial event, 300 students from Hun Sen Krong Primary School were shown the importance of helmets, traffic signs, pedestrian and passenger behavior. This follow-up training comes after the 1,055 helmets donated to teachers, students, and parents in November 2018. We are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport, General Commiserate of National Police, and National Road Safety Committee to implement other activities at Hun Sen Krong Primary School over the coming year.

Stakeholders evaluate Cambodia’s road safety progress at annual conference

13-12-2018- Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Stakeholders gather to discuss Cambodia’s progress towards its road safety goals

AIP Foundation and the Coalition for Road Safety (CRY) convened an annual conference on road safety with support and participation of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) and National Police. The conference was supported by Manulife Cambodia, Cambodia Airports, Royal Cambodian Limousine Service, Chip Mong Insee, Forte Insurance, Canhomes, and Mercedes Benz. The conference was attended by over 350 delegates from the government and private sector. Conference participants exchanged knowledge and discussed practical strategies to achieve Cambodia’s road safety goals in support of the WHO Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The conference highlighted Cambodia’s “Eight Pillars” of road safety using discussion and information sessions to outline current interventions, recommendations and current progress toward Cambodia’s road safety targets. The ‘Eight Pillars’ of road safety include: safe road users; safe infrastructure; better road safety management; safer vehicles, improved emergency medical assistance, law amendment and enforcement, expansive driver licensing and management, and evaluation of passenger and goods transport services.

The NRSC led a discussion with stakeholders on effective strategies to encourage government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector, youth, and the public to take joint and robust action to reduce and prevent road crash deaths and injuries. Senior government representatives who spoke included H.E Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister, Minister of Public Works and Transport and Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Road Safety Committee.

Please see more photos from the conference here

Over 240 students get life-saving simulation training in Preah Sihanouk Province

31-01-2019- Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Manulife volunteers enforce safe pedestrian and motorcycle behaviors through a driving simulation

Over 240 primary school students from Hun Sen Krong Primary School were trained in how to handle real-life traffic situations that confront the children everyday on the roads in their communities.This training is a part of the Helmets for Families program, which is sponsored by Manulife Cambodia. Ten volunteers from Manulife Cambodia volunteered to educate the students by riding their two-wheelers through a driving simulation in order to educate the students on how to handle common road safety scenarios. There was also a motorcycle driving simulation that allowed students to experience what it feels like to ride a motorcycle and avoid road hazards and distractions. Students were also provided with road safety information on traffic laws, wearing a helmet, and safe practices as pedestrians, cyclists and when riding a motorcycle. At the end of the training the students participated in a Q&A to test their road safety knowledge.

Please see more photos here

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