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Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life

by AIP Foundation
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life
Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life

AIP Foundation celebrates over 1 year of progress in promoting child road safety in Vietnam through our Vietnam Mobile Kids 2019-2020 road safety campaign.

We dedicate this month to showcasing the positive impact we've achieved with promoting student education on road safety during these past few months, including developing lessons for an E-curriculum on road safety and launching school visits to deliver engaging and educational sessions to students.

Read more below to see how we partnered up through the road safety campaign to promote positive road safety outcomes inside and outside of the classroom.

A student speaks during an educational training on road safety in front of a school zone mock-up installed in her classroom. 

Program Spotlight: Vietnam Mobile Kids 2019-2020 Road Safety Campaign   

January 2019 - April 2020 

AIP Foundation launched the first phase of its Vietnam Mobile Kids road safety campaign last year in January 2019 with the aim of addressing the unique road safety needs and environment of target communities and primary school students in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Vietnam Mobile Kids campaign focused on two key components: the first program component involved the development of an innovative E-curriculum on traffic safety, with the support of Mercedes-Benz Vietnam and the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge. Through the Vietnam Mobile Kids campaign, two lessons were developed--one on Bus and Train Safety and the other on Boat Safety--as part of a total 10-lesson road safety E-curriculum. The traffic safety E-curriculum will ensure that students have the knowledge they need to travel safely during their journeys to and from school.

In addition to the traffic safety E-curriculum, the second component of the Vietnam Mobile Kids campaign involved educational classroom trainings on road safety, designed to educate students on 3 key topics: 1) Helmet Safety, 2) Safe Walking, and 3) Safe Crossing. The school trainings relied on examples of different real-life situations around schools to teach the students in a practical and relatable way. 

Last year, during the month of May, AIP Foundation engaged over 900 students and 60 teachers and staff in each of these educational topics at Le Van Tho Primary School. The school was selected for the Vietnam Mobile Kids campaign due to its location on a crowded street without adequate sidewalks or pedestrian infrastructure for students.

In response to the vulnerability of students and low awareness on safe pedestrian behaviors, AIP Foundation developed a booklet through the Vietnam Mobile Kids campaign to promote crucial knowledge on key road safety topics, including ways to stay safer and more visible on the roads. The campaign also leveraged educational school visits and classroom trainings on road safety with the support of a professional trainer. In addition to the classroom trainings, Vietnam Mobile Kids distributed educational and entertaining materials on road safety and installed school-zone mock-ups in classrooms to teach students safe behaviors in an applicable manner. 

AIP Foundation evaluated the impact of the Vietnam Mobile Kids road safety campaign and its educational trainings following the classroom trainings and educational sessions. For the program evaluation, a total 237 students from 6 classes were randomly selected and tested on key road safety topics. The knowledge tests demonstrated that the percentage of students with good or excellent road safety knowledge increased from 61.4% pre-intervention, to 81.4% of students in post-intervention. 

AIP Foundation celebrates these positive outcomes as a clear demonstration of the positive impact we can achieve by investing in our students' education. We aim to continue to work with our partners to promote the integration of road safety topics in the classroom in a way that is practical, fun, and engaging for our students. We hope this program spotlight showcases the progress we can achieve by working together to empower our children and promote a generation of safer road users in the future. 

About Vietnam Mobile Kids

Since 2018, AIP Foundation partnered with Mercedes-Benz Vietnam through the Vietnam Mobile Kids road safety campaign to raise the road safety awareness of students, teachers, and community members in Ho Chi Minh City.

Through school-based road safety educational activities and the development of a traffic safety e-curriculum, the Vietnam Mobile Kids campaign leverages educational and entertaining materials to promote “edutainment” in road safety education. The campaign features a school-based educational tour with Moki, the campaign’s road safety mascot, and engages students in interactive challenges and activities to promote understanding of key road safety topics. 

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AIP Foundation welcomes the 2020 new year and would like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to the many supporters who have contributed their time, generosity, and energy to promote safer roads and safer lives across our program countries and communities.

In Vietnam, the year-end saw the successful distribution of quality helmets to vulnerable communities, including students and teachers at high risk of road crash-related injuries and fatalities. Thanks to the invaluable support of donors and the engagement of teachers, parents, volunteers, and our teams on the ground, communities received helmet safety training and road safety education to enable them to make safer decisions as road users.

Please read on to see the positive impact we can make through continued collaboration and engagement to promote the safety of communities worldwide.

200 teachers and parents inspired to encourage children helmet use in Ho Chi Minh city through Safety DeliveredTeachers volunteered to demonstrate how to wear helmet correctly in Can Gio Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

200 teachers and parents inspired to encourage children helmet use in Ho Chi Minh city through Safety Delivered

November 10, 2019

2 November 2019 – 10 November 2019 

During the first week of November, the Safety Delivered 2019-2020 program in Vietnam held three teacher training workshops for a total of 200 parents and teachers across three project schools in Go Vap District, District 12, and Can Gio Ward in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with the aim of encouraging child helmet use and empowering teachers to serve as positive role models for the students.

At the training sessions, parents and teachers were first informed of the road crash crisis in Vietnam to emphasize the importance of road safety education for young children. The participants were then trained on proper helmet wearing technique, including how to ensure a helmet fits properly and how to correctly wear and adjust the chin strap. Following the helmet training, teachers were encouraged to share their own experiences and challenges in discussing helmet safety with students. Through the workshops, both teachers and parents received the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers on effectively communicating the importance of helmet wearing to students, and were equipped with proper helmet safety methods and techniques. 

See more photos from the workshops here. 


Safety Delivered brings helmet safety education to students with physical disabilities in Ho Chi Minh CityStudents at Hy Vong school make a commitment to wearing helmets after spending the morning playing exciting road safety games and activities.

Safety Delivered brings helmet safety education to students with physical disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City

November 13, 2019

AIP Foundation staff and volunteers joined nearly 200 students at Hy Vong school, a school for children with physical disabilities, in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on November 13, 2019, for a helmet handover ceremony to encourage students to learn more about road safety through engaging games and educational activities. The helmet handover ceremony was a part of the Safety Delivered program, which is supported by the UPS Foundation and aims to increase child helmet wearing rates and reduce youth distracted driving behavior through school-based education, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and India. 

Students at Hy Vong Primary school received new helmets and learned how to wear their new helmets properly, including how to adjust the chin strap and ensure proper size and fit. The volunteers also supported students in discussing why it is important to wear a helmet whenever traveling via motorcycle or bicycle. 

Nine additional helmet handover ceremonies took place throughout November in Go Vap, District 12, and Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, delivering more than 5,000 helmets to students across 7 schools through the Safety Delivered program.

To see more photos from the helmet handover ceremony at Hy Vong, please click here.

Students participate in a flash mob dance after receiving their new helmets.Students participate in a flash mob dance after receiving their new helmets.

UPS Volunteers and AIP Foundation Kick Off ‘Safety Delivered 2019-2020’

December 3, 2019

In celebration of AIP Foundation’s Safety Delivered program, nearly 1,600 attendees, including volunteers from UPS (NYSE: UPS), students, parents, school officials, and local stakeholders, banded together to raise awareness for road safety through a kick- off ceremony and motorcycle parade at Ho Van Thanh Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Supported by UPS and The UPS Foundation, Safety Delivered is a program by the AIP Foundation that works with young, inexperienced motorcycle riders in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines and India, to educate and eliminate distracted riding behavior, as well as increase helmet use among children.

Russell Reed, Managing Director of UPS Thailand and Vietnam stated, “Everyone has a part to play in creating safer roads and drivers. I am heartened by the dedicated efforts of our UPS Vietnam volunteers working with AIP Foundation to increase students’ knowledge of road safety. Community change requires the concerted effort of advocates and stakeholders alike in promoting positive habits. In doing so, we can create a powerful multiplier effect that will boost road safety efforts and save lives on the roads across Vietnam.”

To read more about the event, please see the Press Release here. 

View photos from the event. 

 

Mr. Anthony Salapete, Vice President, MTM Architecture of Vietnam Garment Manufacturing Company (VNG) places a brand new helmet on a student at Phu Xuan Primary School.

Helmets for Kids targets at-risk students in Vinh Phuc Province for the second year in a row

December 19, 2019

In response to the Vietnam National Traffic Safety Committee’s 2019 traffic safety action plan, which calls for better traffic safety measures for motorcyclists and passengers, AIP Foundation addressed non-helmet use among children through its Helmets for Kids program by providing more than 400 helmets to at-risk students at Phu Xuan Primary School in Binh Xuyen District, a rural district of Vinh Phuc Province in the Red River Delta region of Northern Vietnam. The Helmets for Kids is supported by the Vietnam Garment Manufacturing Company (VNG) – TAL Apparel. 

At the helmet handover ceremony, students and parents from Phu Xuan Primary School were in attendance, in addition to representatives from the National Traffic Safety Committee, Vinh Phuc Traffic Safety Committee, Vinh Phuc Department of Education and Training, Binh Xuyen Bureau of Education and Training, and the Binh Xuyen People’s Committee. AIP Foundation staff and representatives of TAL Apparel also attended the ceremony.

Pre-helmet observations conducted by AIP Foundation showed that while more than 95% of the students at Phu Xuan Primary School travel to school by motorcycle with adults or alone on bicycles, 0% of students were found to wear helmets.

Mr. Nguyen Trong Thai, Chief of the secretariat of the National Traffic Safety Committee remarked, “The issue of non-child helmet use is of great concern, which highlights the need for strong collaboration from the private sector, such as the TAL Group, to address traffic safety issues for children. The need for greater road crash prevention awareness at Phu Xuan Primary School is of the utmost importance. Students should not be on our roads without protective equipment for their developing brains. The Helmets for Kids program will demonstrate to students, as well as their parents, the importance of wearing a helmet whenever they are traveling on a motorcycle or bicycle.”

To learn more about the ceremony, read the Press Release here.

View photos from the ceremony here.

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During the past few months, we took to the streets to elevate the importance of child safety on the roads.  

In September, we joined over 3,000 first-grade students and 3,000 parents in Hanoi, Vietnam for the “Wear Helmets for Children” Call For Advocacy Walking Event, where we walked side by side community members in support of the Prime Minister’s directive, which aims for over 80% of children in Vietnam to wear a standard helmet when riding a motorbike or electric bicycle by 2020.

Our advocacy moved beyond the streets to the screens, when we published our "Love your child, provide a helmet" PSA campaign on one of our Vietnam program Facebook pages, leveraging the influence of social media channels to spread messages on the importance of safe driving behavior and helmet use to parents and communities nationwide.

More recently, we celebrated a milestone of progress with the removal of fixed speed limits in Vietnam. Since 2005, AIP Foundation has been working on safe school zones for children, promoting infrastructural modifications including speed reduction. On October 15, Circular 31/2019 officially took effect in the country, marking a critical shift from fixed speed limits to dynamic and context-specific speed limits which will better protect students on roads in Vietnam. 

Read on to see why we have more reasons to celebrate our shared progress for safer and healthier children. 

 

AIP Foundation reflects on 6 months of progress with Helmets for Kids in 10 primary schools in Vietnam

July 31, 2019

From January to June this year, Helmets for Families, supported by Abbott, carried out school-based educational campaigns and helmet distribution programming in 10 primary schools across three provinces in Ho Chi Minh City. Four new primary schools in Nha Be district with 11,311 students and 534 teachers and school staff were selected for 2019-2020 programming based on the road environment of the school, the economic need of the community, and low helmet wearing rates among the community.

A special component of the Helmets for Families programming this year included the coordination of meetings between health professionals from head injury departments and parents and teachers from the four new program schools. In March, parents and teachers met with health professionals at Cho Ray Hospital and visited road crash victims who have suffered from brain injuries. Their discussions with Doctor Tran Quang Vinh, Head of Neuro-Resuscitation, and Doctor Huynh Le Phuong, Head of Neurosurgery, on the consequences of road crashes and on the causes of brain injury are part of a longer video that will be shown to all target program school teachers and parents in upcoming September.

With the introduction of Helmets for Families programming in the four new schools in Nha Be district, AIP Foundation found that the average helmet wearing rate among students increased significantly from 40.6% to 82.2%. These results demonstrate the importance of incorporating numerous approaches to address public health crises, from helmet distributions to conversations between medical professionals and community members.

Click here to watch the discussion between health professionals, parents, and teachers at Cho Ray Hospital.

 

AIP Foundation visits five hospitals across Ho Chi Minh City to distribute 6,400 informative hand fans
AIP Foundation visits five hospitals across Ho Chi Minh City to distribute 6,400 informative hand fans

September 11, 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

AIP Foundation coordinated five hospital visits during the week of September 4-9 to distribute 6,400 informative hand fans to patients at Cho Ray, Nha Be, Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and Nhi Dong 2 hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City through the Helmets for Families program, sponsored by Abbott.

The hand fans contained useful tips and information including instructions on how to wear a helmet properly, how to identify the safety features of a standard helmet, and a list of sanctions for people who break the law by failing to wear a helmet.

The fan distribution event was preceded by a visit to Cho Ray Hospital earlier this year in March to engage health professionals with parents and teachers from program schools. Participants visited road crashes victims who have suffered from brain injuries and saw firsthand the importance of proper helmet use while driving or riding on a motorcycle. You can read more about the visit and workshop here.

View more photos from the hand fan distribution event here.

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Love your child, provide a helmet PSA"oi mu cho con, tron tình cha me" (meaning: "Love your child, provide a helmet") PSA airs on AIP Foundation Safety Delivered Facebook page.

Safety Delivered PSA alerts parents in Vietnam with the message, “Love your child, provide a helmet.”

August 26, 2019

AIP Foundation is leveraging the influence of social media channels to spread messages on the importance of safe driving behavior and helmet use to parents and communities nationwide in Vietnam for its Safety Delivered program. In August, AIP Foundation aired a PSA titled, “oi mu cho con, tron tình cha me” (meaning: “Love your child, provide a helmet”) on its Vietnamese Safety Delivered Facebook fanpage, reaching over 2,000 views in just two weeks. The thirty-second PSA encourages parents to consider the potential message they could be sending their child if they do not enforce helmet wearing, and aims to influence safe behaviors of parents and their children in the future.

Just last month, AIP Foundation received approval from the National Traffic Safety Committee to begin the second phase of Safety Delivered. From 2019 to 2020, Safety Delivered is set to reach a total of more than 10,500 students and teachers in Vietnam. Through the Safety Delivered program, students and teachers will receive free or subsidized helmets, in addition to road safety education and awareness raising programs for communities.

 

Students join hands with road safety leaders and stakeholders during the "Wear HelmetStudents join hands with road safety leaders and stakeholders during the "Wear Helmets for Children" Call For Advocacy Event in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Thousands mobilize on the streets for “Wear Helmets for Children” Call For Advocacy Event

September 8, 2019 - Hanoi, Vietnam

The “Wear Helmets for Children” Call For Advocacy Walking Event, which took place on Sunday morning on Ho Guom street in Hanoi, received overwhelming support from the local community with more than 3,000 first-grade students and 3,000 parents in attendance to support the Prime Minister’s directive, which aims for over 80% of children in Vietnam to wear a standard helmet when riding a motorbike or electric bicycle by 2020. The event was hosted by the National Traffic Safety Committee, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Hanoi People’s Committee.

The day began with children’s performances to welcome distinguished guests and featured introductory speeches by several government officials. Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People Committee, and Phung Xuan Nha, Minister of Education and Training, initiated the ceremony and participated in the signing of a coordination program which will promote traffic safety education in schools between 2019-2024. Following the signing agreement, Truong Hoa Binh, Standing Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of National Traffic Safety Committee, urged children and parents to remember to wear their helmets.

Twenty first grade students also participated onstage in the official helmet handover ceremony, while parents wore helmets to symbolize their commitment to children’s safety.

Distinguished guests and officials present at the event included Ms. Truong Thi Mai, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Central Commission for Public Affairs; Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport; Khuat Viet Hung, Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee; Mr. Kunjo Umeda, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam; and Colonel Do Thanh Binh, Deputy Director of Traffic Police Department, Ministry of Public Security.

The 500 meter walk started at Ly Thai To Monument and ended at Kamikaze Monument. The event concluded with commitment signing and a call-to-action for children and parents to commit to wearing helmets.

Ms. Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, Ms. Tran Le Thu, Operations Manager of UPS Vietnam, and Mr. Keisuke Tsuruzono, General Manager of Honda, joined hands in walking with students and parents, symbolizing their commitment to road crash prevention. Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam, and artists including Lan Huong, Bao Thanh, and Xuan Bac, also attended the event to show their support in promoting helmet wearing among children in Vietnam.
View more photos from the event here.

 

Abbott volunteer helps student adjust their helmet chin strap, displaying proper helmet wearing technique.

Nearly 1,000 students and Abbott volunteers participate in road safety festival in Vietnam

October 4, 2019

Nearly 1,000 children and teachers attended the “Children Have Fun with Road Safety” festival through the Helmets for Families program, organized by AIP Foundation and supported by the global healthcare company Abbott, in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Education and Training. More than 30 Abbott volunteers joined students of Le Loi Primary School, in Nha Be district, for the festival which coincided with Annual Traffic Safety Month in Vietnam.  

At the festival, students and volunteers participated in road safety games, paintings, and helmet-wearing demonstrations to reinforce previous road safety education delivered by AIP Foundation at program schools.

“We are very pleased with all of the support from the Abbott volunteers at this event. The children are always excited to attend and learn about safe helmet use from volunteers, and these festivals are a great opportunity for students to learn outside of the classroom, especially to know more about traffic safety and to raise awareness of themselves about road safety to protect their lives and others,” said Mr. Le Thanh Hai, Deputy of Education and Training Department of Nha Be District.

Read more about the event in the Press Release here.

See more photos from the event.

Students raising their brand new helmets in the air to celebrate a successful kick-off ceremony.

Three exciting extracurricular days kick off the Helmets for Kids program’s expansion to 20 schools

October 4, 2019

30 September 2019 – Gia Lai, Vietnam 

3 October 2019 – Thai Nguyen, Vietnam 

4 October 2019 in Yen Bai, Vietnam

With the support of the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), AIP Foundation and Johnson & Johnson organized three kick-off ceremonies during the month of September and October to celebrate the expansion of the Helmets for Kids program into 16 new program schools across Thai Nguyen, Yen Bai, and Gia Lai provinces in Vietnam. All program schools are located on provincial or national highways, such as 1B and QL37, which are exposed to heavy traffic volume, and have student populations which lack standard helmets and often have lower helmet-wearing rates. Combined with the 4 ongoing program schools in Thai Nguyen, Helmets for Kids will distribute 5,900 helmets across a total of 20 program schools.

Read more about the events in the Press Release here.

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Gia Lai Ceremony photos.

Thai Nguyen Ceremony photos.

Yen Bai Ceremony photos.

 

Since 2005, AIP Foundation has been working on safe school zones for children, promoting infrastructural modifications including speed reduction. Since 2005, AIP Foundation has been working on safe school zones for children, promoting infrastructural modifications including speed reduction. 
Circular 31: Milestone of change occurs in Vietnam with removal of fixed speed limits

October 15, 2019

Circular 31/2019 officially takes effect in Vietnam today, requiring that the “installation of speed signs must be based on the actual situation of the road sections and routes on traffic infrastructure, on the flow, types of vehicles and the time of day” (In Clause 1, Article 10).

Between 2014-2016, the Transport Development And Strategy Institute (TDSI) conducted a ministry-level study, researching the scientific basis for application of a “dynamic speed limit” to improve the efficiency of Vietnam’s national highway network usage. This research determined that the use of fixed speed limits in Vietnam has many shortcomings.

In April 2018, AIP Foundation, in collaboration with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee, and the Gia Lai Department of Transportation, supported by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), implemented Slow Zones, Safe Zones, a two-year project that focuses on speed reduction and school zone safety in Pleiku. This project involved the installation of speed limit signs in school zones, adjusted according to time of day.

Mid-term speed results showed that the average speed of motorcycles around the pilot schools was reduced by 5 km/h; the average speed of cars was reduced by 11km/h; and large vehicles, such as buses, showed reductions of almost 20 km/h around the schools, further proving the effectiveness of dynamic speed limits. These results are likely to have influenced the government’s adoption of Circular 31/2019.

Slow Zones, Safe Zones, is one of three projects currently funded by Fondation Botnar, managed by GRSP, to improve road safety for children in Vietnam between 2018-2020.

Although Vietnam has not yet fully applied the concept of a “dynamic speed limit,” Circular 31/2019 is an initial step in moving away from a fixed speed limit, and an important milestone of change with respect to speed limit regulation in Vietnam.

To read more about the Circular 31/2019, please read the memo here.

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In the last quarter, AIP Foundation has built on the progress of our school zone safety efforts and the impact of our helmet distribution projects in numerous schools across provinces in Vietnam. We have seen decreases in reported student crashes and reductions in the average speed of drivers in school zones near project schools, coupled with measured increases in helmet wearing rates across schoolchildren that we have worked with. Read more about our progress and indicators below.

Vietnam's first school zone speed reduction program observes one year of success

19 June, 2019 - Pleiku City, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam

Raoul Powlowski of the Global Road Safety Partnership symbolically providing Mr. Luu Dinh Canh of the Pleiku Police with a speed gun to assist with enforcement

AIP Foundation collaborated with the Gia Lai National Traffic Safety Committee to host a midterm review workshop in Pleiku City for Slow Zones, Safe Zones, the first-ever pilot program to reduce speed in school zones in Vietnam, supported by Fondation Botnar and the Global Road Safety Partnership. The program focuses on speed reduction and school zone safety through the construction of tailored school-zone modifications like speed bumps, road markings, speed reduction signs, and sidewalks. Additional program components include increased law enforcement, road safety public awareness campaign to promote positive road user behavior, and the development and testing of a nationally applicable road safety e-curriculum.

The program has seen great success in speed reduction so far including a reduction of speed to 40 km/h on national roads running past Nguyen Luong Bang Primary School and 30 km/h on provincial roads running past Phan Dang Luu Primary School. After one year of implementation, AIP Foundation found that parent knowledge of current speed limit and other traffic issues increased from 15.6% to 62.4%. The average speed of drivers around school zones in Pleiku reduced around 10 km/h for motorcycles and 15-20 km/h for cars, buses, and trucks. Reported student crashes fell from 25.3% to 7.4% The percentage of students hurt in road crashes near program schools in Pleiku also fell to 69% from 88.3%. 

AIP Foundation hosted an experience sharing workshop with two other Foundation Botnar and Global Road Safety Partnership grantees, Save the Children and Plan International. The workshop concluded with site visits to the two program schools. Next program steps include advocating for continued police enforcement and advocating for continued speed reduction legislation.

Please see more photos from our launch here 

Over twenty program schools reflect on successful Helmets for Kids 2018-2019 program

May 31, 2019

Teachers, government representatives, parents and students come together to learn from this year’s program.

AIP Foundation coordinated with Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee organized a 2018-2019 school year Helmets For Kids review workshop for nearly 100 people, including Mr. Le Van Hanh, a representative from the Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee and other representatives from Gia Lai Department of Education and Training, Board of Education and Training, teachers, parents, and students. Helmets For Kids is supported by long-time partner Johnson & Johnson. After three successful years of program implementation in the province, general helmet wearing rates in the province remains high at nearly 95% – marking the overall effectiveness of the program. The Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee and AIP Foundation presented all 12 program schools with awards for their excellent job protecting their students and school community this year. AIP Foundation also conducted an orientation and teacher training workshop for representatives from three new program schools. Staff from these new schools were introduced to the program, trained on how to use program guideline and shown how to measure children’s heads to choose correct helmet size and fit.

Following the workshops in Gia Lai, a review and orientation workshop was held in Thai Nguyen with more than 60 participants from the Provincial Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Education and Training, school boards, and parents. After one year of implementation at Helmets For Kids schools, the helmet wearing rate of Thai Nguyen has increased from 8% to 93%. During the 2019-2020 school year four new schools will join the program together with four existing schools, increasing the total number of program schools in Thai Nguyen to eight this year. AIP Foundation also held eleven successful reflection workshops in Quang Nam and Yen Bai, marking five and three years of impactful program implementation respectively. In general, the helmet wearing rate in Yen Bai and Quang Nam has remained above 95%. In addition to the review workshop, activities in Quang Nam included a “Traffic Culture for Children” day.

 

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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.

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AIP Foundation

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 - Vietnam
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AIPFoundation
Project Leader:
Alex Nguyen
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
$17,426 raised of $22,500 goal
 
393 donations
$5,074 to go
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