Feb 11, 2019

Helmet safety expertise shared at global forums

Prior to the end of 2018, AIP Foundation shared our accomplishments relating to helmet safety at various international conferences and high-level, local meetings with government stakeholders. Read on to learn more.

AIP Foundation shares work on Vietnamese helmet law at FIA Annual General Assembly

07-12-2018 - Saint Petersburg, Russia

AIP Foundation CEO Mirjam Sidik presenting at the FIA Annual General Assembly.

AIP Foundation and the Automobile Association of Vietnam (AAV) attended the FIA Annual General Assembly this year in Saint Petersburg with other Sport and Mobility FIA Member Clubs from around the world.

FIA President Jean Todt highlighted the growing collaboration between the two pillars of the Federation – Sport and Mobility – saying that the close links between the two arms are leading to progress across a number of key issues.

At the Assembly, AIP Foundation CEO Mirjam Sidik gave a presentation on “Head First: A Case study of Vietnam’s Motorcycle helmet campaign” and 10 years of the national helmet law in Vietnam. During the presentation, Mirjam also discussed advocating for the helmet law, the process of implementing it in Vietnam, and the estimated costs-savings resultant of the law over the past decade.

View more photos from the Assembly here.

AIP Foundation recognized for its life-saving helmet work at CARS 2018 Conference in Malaysia

06-12-2018 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

AIP Foundation Cambodia Country Director, Pagna Kim receives the 3M Road Safety Award at the CARS 2018 Conference

AIP Foundation Cambodia Country Director, Pagna Kim, and Development Coordinator, Jimmy Tang, joined road safety policymakers, researchers, and advocates at the 2nd Conference of ASEAN Road Safety 2018 (CARS) from 4-6 December in Selangor, Malaysia. Organized by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), CARS provided road safety stakeholders with an opportunity to share best practices and discuss strategies to address the future of global road safety.

At this year’s conference, AIP Foundation received the 3M Road Safety Award for Southeast Asia for its helmet safety work in Cambodia through its program, Head Safe. Helmet On, which was funded by USAID, FIA Foundation, and The UPS Foundation. The award was presented to Mr. Kim and recognizes one organization annually for their significant contributions to advancing road safety in the region. Head Safe. Helmet On was implemented from 2014 to 2016 and aimed to increase helmet wearing rates in target Cambodian communities through a combination of public awareness campaigns, school-based education, and government advocacy. The program increased helmet wearing rates by 70 percent at program schools and saved nearly three million dollars in medical costs across target communities.

Mr. Kim, presented on Head Safe. Helmet On at CARS, joining representatives from the Malaysia Ministry of Transport, MIROS, and Nissan as a conference keynote speaker. Mr. Tang, also presented on Helmets for Families to share strategies and best practices related to AIP Foundation’s family-based helmet program in Vietnam.

Read more about CARS here.

View more photos from the conference here.

FIA Foundation attends Helmets for Kids midterm workshop in Vietnam

19-12-2018 - Gia Lai Province, Vietnam

FIA Foundation, government partners, and AIP Foundation signing the commitment pledge in Gia Lai.

AIP Foundation and the Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee (TSC) organized a midterm workshop for Helmets for Kids, a Johnson & Johnson supported program. At the workshop, nearly 120 attendees included: Mr. Pham Hieu Trinh, Chief of Secretariat of the Gia Lai TSC; Mr. Le Van Hanh of the Gia Lai Department of Transportation; Mr. Nguyen Van Long of the Gia Lai Department of Education and Training; Mr. Le Cong Ngoc of Gia Lai Traffic Police; other provincial-level authorities; and representatives from 12 program schools (school boards, teachers and parents). At this workshop, we welcomed Mrs. Natalie Draisin of FIA Foundation to attend and present.

During the workshop, all schools shared their thoughts and gave feedback on the program. This school year, there were three new schools that joined the program. We found that the helmet use rate has significantly increased f from 23% to 96% at the new program schools. All 12 program schools also devised strategies to keep the helmet use rate high and to make child helmet use a sustainable, lifelong practice for all children. At the end of the workshop, all representatives came on stage and participated in a commitment signing, promising to always ensure that their children wear helmets.

In December, all Helmets for Kids midterm workshops take place across all program provinces. In Yen Bai, workshops were conducted from December 5-6, 2018. In Quang Nam, workshops will be on December 23, 2018 and in Thai Nguyen, workshops will be conducted on December 26, 2018.

View more photos from the workshop here.

Dec 11, 2018

Over 1000 Helmets Donated to Cambodian Students

These past few months, AIP Foundation has been hard at work in Cambodia to provide life-saving helmets to students in Preah Sihanouk Province. Additionally, we partnered with Manulife to train teachers and install road safety murals at primary schools. For more of our recent work, please read on.

Manulife Cambodia CEO and General Manager, Robert J. Elliot joins stakeholders for ceremonial helmet handover

Helmets for Families helps protect the children of Preah Sihanouk Province

12-11-2018- Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia

With the support of Manulife, Helmets for Families donated more than 1000 helmets to students, teachers and parents at Hun Sen Krong Primary School in Preah Sihanouk District. Training workshops were also held for more than 100 parents to promote helmet use. Helmets for Families is focused on engaging parents – especially mothers – as role models in child helmet use.

The event was attended by senior representatives from the General Secretariat of National Road Safety Committee, Deputy Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, road safety stakeholders, development partners, private sector partners, parents, students, staff and administration team of Hun Sen Krong Primary School, members of the press, Management team and staff of Manulife Cambodia, and AIP Foundation staff.

Helmets for Families will operate in Preah Sihanouk Province through 2018 and 2019 academic year. Road deaths have increased by 10% in in the province since 2017, making it the eleventh highest province for road crashes. AIP Foundation’s goal is to continue increase awareness about the importance of helmet use for all in Preah Sihanouk Province.

Please see all photos from the event here.

Please read the press release from the event here.

Primary school teachers in Preah Sihanouk commit to enforcing child helmet use

25-10-2018- Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia

Teachers collaborate on teaching materials to promote helmet use at the school

The Helmets for Families program supported by Manulife Cambodia, trained 42 teachers at Hun Sen Krong Primary School on motorcycle helmet use. Hun Sen Krong Primary School is especially vulnerable, as approximately 80-95% students commute by motorcycle or bicycle, yet less than 10% wear helmets. Students and teachers are extremely vulnerable to road crashes, particularly during rush hour when they are commuting to and from school. The training focused on the benefits of correct helmet use for families and community, highlighting teachers must play an active role to ensure that their students wear helmets every time they travel by bicycle and motorcycle. The teachers shared their experiences and brainstormed techniques on how to encourage students to always wear their helmets. Teachers and coordinators created workplans, lesson plans and teaching materials to prepare them to take action after the training. At the conclusion of the training, teachers committed to putting helmets on their students, no matter the distance or travel time, when riding on a motorcycle.

Please see more photos from the launch here.

Helmets for Families volunteers promote helmet use with road safety murals

26-10-2018- Preah Sinhanouk Province, Cambodia

Manulife employees paint positive helmet wearing images on the school wall

Manulife employees coordinated with AIP Foundation staff to paint road safety murals at Hun Sen Krong Primary School. This volunteerism is part of the Helmets for Families program implemented by AIP Foundation and supported by Manulife Cambodia since 2012. The murals will be up for the whole 2018-2019 school year to ensure students correctly wear helmet during commute to school and travel as motorcycle passengers or as bicyclists.

Helmets for Families will operate in Preah Sihanouk Province through 2019. Road deaths have increased by 10% in in the province since 2017, making it the fifth highest province for road crash cases. AIP Foundation’s goal is to continue increase awareness about the importance of helmet use for all in Preah Sihanouk Province where there is unmet need.

Please see more photos here.


Nov 14, 2018

Thousands of helmets donated in new school year!

The Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam helps students properly wear their helmets

As the new school year commenced in Vietnam, millions of children returned to school and many returned to the dangerous commutes they encounter every day on their way to school. Through our various helmet programs implemented in Vietnam, we have donated well over 4000 helmets within the past few months across Vietnam for students at primary schools located in busy districts and areas with precarious road safety situations.

We thank you for your continued support of our work and hope you enjoy reading about the work we've done this school year. Read on for exciting news developments.

AIP Foundation and Swedish Embassy observe Traffic Safety Day at two primary schools

09-11-2018 - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

AIP Foundation and the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam joined many corporate partners to distribute nearly 2,000 high-quality helmets to students at two primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Swedish Embassy gave nearly 1000 helmets to Ba Dinh Primary School in Hanoi and nearly 1000 helmets to Luong The Vinh Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City. At the events, the organizers called for stronger public awareness and urged adults to put helmets on children whenever they travel on motorcycles. Additionally, there was a flash mob dance that encouraged students to always wear their helmets as well as games that tested their helmet safety knowledge. The ceremony took place in support of AIP Foundation’s Helmet for Kids program, which provides thousands of high-quality helmets to students across Vietnam as well as road safety education to them and their teachers and parents every year.

Approximately 22,000 people lose their lives and 453,000 suffer injuries due to road crashes each year in Vietnam. Road crashes is the number one cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 and the number two cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 in Vietnam. With over 80 percent of the population under the age of 50, the effects of road crash deaths on young people result in losses to both the family and the larger community.

Please read the press release here

Please review photos from the Hanoi event here

Please review photos from the Ho Chi Minh City event here

Safety Delivered volunteers promote child helmet use in Hanoi

17-10-2018 - Hanoi

Students adjusting their helmets in accordance to the 3 rules of wearing a helmet correctly

AIP Foundation held a helmet handover ceremony at Thanh Tri Primary School, Hanoi sponsored by The UPS Foundation as part of its Safety Delivered program. UPS employees in Vietnam kicked off the company’s annual Global Volunteer Month (GVM) with road safety demonstrations at Thanh Tri Primary School in Hanoi. The event took place at the start of the 2018-19 school year and aimed to raise safety awareness among students, with a special focus on helmet use. UPS volunteers and youth ambassadors for road safety (YARS) from Hanoi University and Cong Nghiep University helped the students wear their helmets correctly in accordance to AIP Foundation’s three steps. The event concluded with a donation from The UPS Foundation of 1,400 quality motorcycle helmets to the students.

AIP Foundation coordinated the event with The UPS Foundation, UPS Vietnam, the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), the Ministry of Education and Training, the Department of Education and Training, Hanoi Traffic Safety Department and Hanoi traffic police. Important representatives from each organization attending including: the Deputy Chief of Secretariat from NTSC, the Deputy CEO from AIP Foundation, representatives from Hanoi TSC, as well as members of the Hanoi Traffic Police, Hoang Mai Women Association, Thanh Tri Ward’s People Committee, and UPS Vietnam.

To learn more about the event:

Please read the press release here

Please see more pictures here

Helmets for Kids celebrates seven years of implementation, holds kick-off ceremony in Thai Nguyen province

24-09-2018 - Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam

Primary school children in Thai Nguyen learn the three steps to wearing a helmet for the first time

Primary school children in Thai Nguyen learn the three steps to wearing a helmet for the first time

To celebrate seven years of strong partnership between AIP Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, and in response to the call for “Traffic Safety for Children” from National Traffic Safety Committee this year, Helmets for Kids will extend towards Thai Nguyen, a mountainous area located in the north of Vietnam. AIP Foundation collaborated with Thai Nguyen Traffic Safety Committee (TSC) to organize a kick-off event at Hoa Thuong 1 Primary School. After six successful program years, Johnson & Johnson will continue to support Helmets for Kids in Gia Lai, Yen Bai and Quang Nam, and will begin work in Thai Nguyen for the first time in 2018. The total number of donated helmets is 5,075 towards 31 schools across Vietnam.

Nearly 670 people attended the ceremony. The ceremony welcomed some distinguished guests: Mrs. Trinh Thu Ha, Deputy Chief of Secretariat from the National Traffic Safety Committee, representative from the Ministry of Education and Training Mr. Duong Van Ba, Mr. Nguyen Quang Trung from J&J Vietnam and other representatives from local authorities and government.

“We are happy to see the long-term commitment and impact from Johnson & Johnson’s Helmets for Kids program and local partners. The program embraces such a meaningful message, through which we hope to raise awareness of helmet use and basic road safety knowledge in primary schools. By expanding the program towards Thai Nguyen this year, along with various teacher training workshops, “Helmets for Kids” program expresses its concern not only about helmet standard quality but also Vietnam’s next generation. Active participation from provincial departments and great support from Johnson & Johnson are two keys factors to program success. ” said Mrs. Trinh Thu Ha, Deputy Chief of Secretariat for National Traffic Safety Committee.

Please see more photos from the event here

Please read the full press release here

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