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.
May 29, 2014

Education & Community Outreach Programs are Preventing Road Traffic Crashes

National Road Safety Week
National Road Safety Week

In the first quarter of 2014, AIP Foundation Cambodia have been actively involved in a number of school and community outreach projects to promote safe driving behaviors, helmet use and general road safety. For International Women’s Day, AIP Foundation arranged a mother’s forum at a target primary school to share information related road safety and participants were invited to share their experiences, express concerns and discuss ideas to improve their and their children’s safety.

 

The 7th Annual National Road Safety Week also fell in this period and was a perfect time for AIP Foundation to promote road safety activities through a range of online, educational and community outreach activities. The focus of activities was on helmet use for young motorcyclists including child passengers and promoting safe driving behaviors. AIP Foundation Country Director supported the official launch of National Road Safety Week with the donation of 150 helmets and the delivery of a speech to encourage people to take care on the roads.

 

Holiday periods, including the Khmer New Year (April 13-15) in Cambodia are traditionally a high risk time to be travelling on the roads with many crashes occurring. To address this problem, AIP Foundation delivered extracurricular road safety lessons to students at a target school in Phnom Penh to arm them with knowledge and skills just prior to the Khmer New Year holiday. More than 150 student took part in the lessons that included a re-cap on road rules, helmet use, pedestrian safety and other interactive games. The activities aim to create enthusiasm among students so they will strive to exercise safe road behaviors every day.

 

High school students at sponsored schools were invited to attend workshops on “Helmet Use and National Road Safety Policy” that aimed to share information, communicate the purpose of the National Road Safety Policy and encourage students to be active in the field of road safety. More than 900 students all up participated in these workshops and all were encouraged to share the information disseminated with their family, peers and friends.

 

Over the next few months, AIP will continue to work closely with schools on road safety education programs, awareness raising campaigns and partnering with donors,  supporters and traffic police to deliver life-saving skills and knowledge to Cambodians. Over 800 helmets more will be donated to primary school students in Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces. Through our activities, we can make a difference and prevent injuries and fatalities on the roads.

Extra-curricular activity
Extra-curricular activity
Mother
Mother's Forum
Apr 8, 2014

Support Helmet Safety for Children

This year, AIP Foundation has more support than ever before for helmet safety for children in Vietnam!

In March, AIP Foundation representatives attended workshops on child helmet use along with key stakeholders, including the World Health Organization and Vietnam Red Cross. At the workshops, stakeholders brainstormed solutions to advocate for enforcement of child helmet regulation across the country. The workshops resulted in commitment from all stakeholders to follow-up on specific actionable items to increase child helmet use rates nationwide. AIP Foundation has since developed a concrete action plan to continue advocacy and targeted interventions in 2014 and beyond.

AIP Foundation has also increased its efforts to encourage parents to be role models for their children by wearing standard helmets. On March 28, AIP Foundation organized a stakeholder orientation workshop to launch the new Helmets for Families program, which not only provides students and teachers with standard helmets, but also offers parents the opportunity to exchange their low quality helmets with standard ones at a subsidized price. This program aims to change behavior among children and parents, as well as raise awareness about the safety benefits of helmets that meet the national standard.

As AIP Foundation donates more and more helmets to children in Vietnam each year, it is important that it increases support for helmet safety for children. With more stakeholders, partners, and supporters dedicated to the cause, the greatest impact is achieved: children’s lives saved. Help us to continue the momentum and support helmet safety for children by donating now!

Feb 24, 2014

Busy start to 2014 for road safety in Cambodia

Students sign banners for passenger helmet law
Students sign banners for passenger helmet law

At the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, AIP Foundation has been involved in a number of activities to increase awareness and improve road safety in Cambodia. Through interventions at project schools and advocacy activities, road safety education and awareness raising has reached thousands of students, parents, teachers, and other community members.

Students and teachers at two high schools in Phnom Penh received high-quality helmets and comprehensive road safety education under the Helmets for Youth project. The schools were selected due to their proximity to high-volume traffic roads and low helmet wearing rates. The project aimed to increase awareness about the importance of safe road behaviors including the safety benefits of wearing helmets. To further prioritize helmet use, AIP Foundation invited students to show their support for improved road safety by signing banners that called for passage and implementation of passenger helmet legislation. The project will continue in 2014 with a reinforcement of lessons that aim to create an effective model for other high schools to implement in the region. 

Primary school students, teachers, and parents in Chamkamorn District participated in Helmets for Kids extracurricular activities that focused on the benefits of wearing helmets. Over 100 students took part in activities such as interactive games, painting contests, and Q&A sessions, which increased their knowledge of safe behaviors as motorcycle passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, parents were invited to a helmet safety workshop about why it is important for them and their passengers to always wear helmets. Activities were planned around the Lunar New Year, which research has shown is a high-risk time for traffic crashes in Cambodia. Helmet wearing rates have significantly increased at target schools after interventions, with an average increase from 0 percent to 90 percent for child passengers.

AIP Foundation is excited for 2014 with even more helmet donations, school-based road safety education programs, and public awareness campaigns. With support from generous donors, AIP Foundation will be able to continue to work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people on Cambodia’s roads.

Students practice crossing the road safely
Students practice crossing the road safely

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