Project #4954

Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life

by AIP Foundation
Students help each other put on their new helmets.
Students help each other put on their new helmets.

Recently, our road safety programs in Vietnam have worked with students and families from diverse backgrounds - ranging from a community in an agricultural zone of Ho Chi Minh City to one neighboring a major shipping port. Read on to learn more about these innovative initiatives and check out our newly published 2016 Annual Report for more on our life-saving work.

Road safety program provides low-income and agricultural families with 5,600 helmets

5 January, 2017 - Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City

Helmets for Families, supported by Abbott, is expanding its road safety education to four new schools in the Hoc Mon District of Ho Chi Minh City, a suburban and agricultural zone where up to 90% of the participating students’ parents are manual laborers. This year, Helmets for Families will continue its work toward increasing road safety literacy and safe behaviors amongst Vietnamese families by distributing more than 4,700 high quality helmets to students and teachers, and exchanging nearly 900 subsidized helmets to parents in Hoc Mon District and at two schools in Hanoi.

The program hosted its 2016-2017 school year kick-off event at Nhi Xuan Primary School in the Hoc Mon District. Nearly 1,000 students, teachers, and parents attended the ceremony. They were joined by representatives from Abbott, as well as officials from the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Education and Training, Traffic Police, and local authorities.

A pre-implementation survey revealed that 76.3% of the students at program schools in Hoc Mon District commute to and from school by riding on their parents’ motorcycles. The average student helmet-wearing rate at these schools is about 30%, well below the Ho Chi Minh City average of 48%. Only 1.3% of parents surveyed had the correct knowledge of what makes a high quality helmet.

View more photos from the kick-off event here.

Read the full press release here.

Road safety education program launches in industrial shipping port community

15 December, 2016 - Bia Rai-Vung Tau Province

APM Terminals together with AIP Foundation, is rolling out a new training program in Vietnam to help make the port community of Cai Mep in southern Vietnam safe. More than 45 truck drivers and other CMIT employees, along with executives from the APM Terminals’ operated Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT), joined 500 students, teachers, and parents at Tran Quoc Toan Primary School, which neighbors the port, to address road safety issues in their community. The truck drivers work for CMIT, a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based port operator APM Terminals. The event is the inaugural activity for Lifting Safety, a proactive road safety program developed by AIP Foundation and APM Terminals. So far, it has provided nearly 1,000 helmets and road safety education classes to children at Tran Quoc Toan and Toc Tien primary schools.

A study commissioned by APM Terminals and conducted by AIP Foundation in October 2016 found that even though most students in the region commuted to school by motorcycle, only 35% of students at Tran Quoc Toan Primary School and 19% of students at Toc Tien Primary School wore helmets, despite road dangers such as mixed vehicle use roads and lack of separate motorcycle lanes.

The Lifting Safety program aims to identify and mitigate road safety risks in the community near the port through a combination of targeted education, awareness, and community engagement programs. Both the national- and provincial-level traffic safety committees have worked closely with APM Terminals and AIP Foundation in developing and implementing the program. Over the next year, Lifting Safety will implement truck driver trainings, a mass media awareness campaign, and community-based activities in and around the CMIT port in Vietnam.

View more photos from the event here.

Read the full press release here.

Mid-term review workshops reveal increased community commitment to helmet use

8-12 December, 2016 - Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces

During a mid-term review workshop at Johnson & Johnson’s Helmets for Kids program schools in Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces, community members reflected on their experiences thus far and some re-committed to raising student helmet wearing rates to 95%. AIP Foundation staff spoke with government officials, hosted community meetings, met with students who had been in road crashes, visited program schools, and held focus group discussions. One school principal in Quang Nam Province noted that though road safety awareness among students was strong, parents participate in risky driving behaviors.

“The project has been very influential... They all see the helmet as a close friend, a partner that goes to school with them every day,” Pham Hieu Trinh, Chief Secretariat of the Gia Lai Traffic Safety Committee, said.

A volunteer teaches students how to wear helmets.
A volunteer teaches students how to wear helmets.
Truck drivers teach a student about helmet safety.
Truck drivers teach a student about helmet safety.
Attendees participate in a midterm review session.
Attendees participate in a midterm review session.


Gia Lai students celebrate the new helmet program.
Gia Lai students celebrate the new helmet program.

So far this school year, AIP Foundation has continued to implement its helmet education initiatives throughout Vietnam. The organization expanded its Helmets for Kids program to underserved ethnic minority students in the country's central highlands. Other highlights include teaming up with a power company to host a "Values Day" celebration and training teachers on a road safety curriculum. Read below for more on these exciting developments!

Helmets for Kids expands to serving ethnic minority children in Vietnam

24 October, 2016 – Gia Lai Province

To increase helmet use rates of children within the provinces of Dong Nai, Gia Lai, and Quang Nam, AIP Foundation, supported by Johnson & Johnson, will provide 21 primary schools in these provinces with 5,300 high quality helmets and road safety education under the Helmets for Kids program throughout the current school year. 

AIP Foundation will work at six primary schools in Gia Lai Province, a region where almost 50% of people come from ethnic minority groups. The province serves as a major transportation hub between the northern and southern parts of the country. It is also considered low-income, and some people make as little as $1.60 USD per day.

Power company teams up with secondary school for road safety education program

1 November, 2016 – Quang Ninh Province

AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Company staff joined 600 secondary school students and teachers for a road safety education training program during the company's annual "Values Day" celebration. The company also donated 600 helmets to the students at Mong Duong Secondary School in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province. Local government representatives, including those from the provincial Traffic Safety Committee, were also in attendance. The education program consisted of a presentation, followed by a question and answer session as well as interactive games.

The power company's annual "Values Day" event highlights its dedication to putting safety first, acting with integrity, honoring commitments, striving for excellence, and having fun. This year, the company focused on the theme of road safety.

Nearly 90 teachers trained in road safety curriculum, helmet wearing techniques

7-12 November, 2016 – Hanoi

As part of the Helmets for Families program, supported by Abbott Laboratories, 87 teachers were trained on the proper way to wear a helmet and AIP Foundation's newly developed School Guidelines curriculum. AIP Foundation staff also discussed the results from the previous year of the program and its implementation strategy for this school year. The teachers, who work at Lien Ninh and Dong Quang primary schools in Hanoi, will mainly administer the road safety trainings to 1st grade students and their parents.

A teacher in Hanoi shows how to wear a helmet.
A teacher in Hanoi shows how to wear a helmet.
Students play games at the "Values Day" event.
Students play games at the "Values Day" event.
Students in Gia Lai participate in a flash mob.
Students in Gia Lai participate in a flash mob.


A student at a 2015 road safety education event.
A student at a 2015 road safety education event.

As the summer holiday draws to a close, AIP Foundation is preparing for another exciting school year of education and awareness programs throughout Vietnam. Read below to learn about some interesting advancements from the past few months, including our upcoming expansion of our Helmets for Kids program to a new province.

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AIP Foundation awarded for its contributions to Vietnamese society - 6 June, 2016

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations, which oversees the 147 NGOs and INGOs currently working in the city, recently held an Annual Meeting at which they distinguished a select group of NGOs for their work in improving the lives of Vietnamese citizens. AIP Foundation was awarded for its efforts to improve the quality of life for children and families in Ho Chi Minh City by empowering them with the safety knowledge and equipment needed to reduce road crashes, fatalities, and injuries.

Johnson & Johnson's Helmets for Kids program embarks on fifth year - 28-31 May, 2016

Stakeholder orientations and teacher training workshops have been held in Quang Nam, Gia Lai, and Dong Nai provinces as part of the preparations for the Helmets for Kids programs that will take place there throughout the upcoming school year. This represents the start of a fifth consecutive year of partnership between AIP Foundation and Johnson & Johnson in support of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, a collaboration which has resulted in 40,000 helmets donated to schools across the country. In 2016, the program continues in Dong Nai and Quang Nam provinces, while also expanding to Gia Lai Province.

The teacher trainings focused on implementing a new series of School Guidelines developed by AIP Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The Guidelines include sample lessons, classroom activities, interactive teaching methods, and best practices for improving road safety skills and encouraging daily helmet use.

In addition to these Guidelines, which give schools themselves ownership of and responsibility for the improvement of helmet use rates among their students, parents in Dong Nai Province will be motivated to purchase subsidized helmets for their children. This effort to encourage lasting behavioral change among project beneficiaries will be analyzed upon project completion and presented to the Ministry of Education and Training for possible nationwide implementation.

AIP Foundation is honored in Ho Chi Minh City.
AIP Foundation is honored in Ho Chi Minh City.
Teachers learn about road safety.
Teachers learn about road safety.


Students present their photo entries on stage
Students present their photo entries on stage

Photo contest and exhibition give children agency in their own road safety education - 7 May, 2016

More than 200 students from eight target schools in the industrial zone area of Tinh Gia District of Thanh Hoa Province participated this month in a photo contest to demonstrate their road safety awareness. Students were tasked with identifying and photographing examples of smart or risky road user behavior in their local communities.

At the exhibition, 39 photos were displayed and the two most outstanding from each school were presented on stage by the students themselves. The attendees and judging delegation from Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Complex and the Tinh Gia Bureau of Education and Training were impressed by the confidence and thoughtfulness of the young students in presenting their observations of the current road environments in their hometown and their recommendations for improving them.

The photo displays were transported back to their respective schools after the event to serve as reminders for students and parents of the importance of road safety and their accomplishments in ensuring their local communities keep thriving.

To view photos from the event click here.


Road safety “talk show” puts a real face to the dangers of road crashes - 6 May, 2016

A road safety “talk show” was organized this month at Nghi Son Secondary and High school in the Thanh Hoa Province of northern Vietnam. The event, attended by 530 high school students, was one of the school-based activities included in the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical project, which aims to decrease the incident of road crashes and injuries in the industrial zone area.

The broader goal of the day’s activities was to raise awareness among high school students and young drivers of the very real risk of road injuries and fatalities by introducing them to an array of speakers. Police were on hand to make presentations about national traffic laws and highlight the most common traffic offenses they see young people committing. Additionally, in order to show the trauma that victims of road crashes have to endure, four crash survivors spoke to the students about what a crushing financial, emotional, and psychological toll serious injury can have on families.


Parents across Vietnam share hundreds of photo messages to show their commitment to road safety - 25 April, 2016

Throughout the months of April and May, AIP Foundation, in partnership with The UPS Foundation and in collaboration with the National Traffic Safety Committee, hosted a nationwide social media campaign, with the goal of using photography to promote social change by giving parents a forum to share their experiences on the road and their support for child helmet use.
The campaign required parents to submit photos showing their children wearing high-quality helmets and a caption about road safety or helmet use. Prizes were awarded every week of the campaign to those photos that delivered the most powerful testaments of parent engagement in their children’s well-being on the roads.

By the end of the campaign, over 400 photos had been submitted and hundreds of families had taken part in the effort.

To see the photos from the campaign, visit the Facebook page here.

For more information on this campaign, read the press release here.

Mother and daughter commit to safety, win contest
Mother and daughter commit to safety, win contest


Delegation during the NCHAP
Delegation during the NCHAP

Review workshop reveals first-year results of the National Child Helmet Action Plan

A year-end review of the National Child Helmet Action Plan (NCHAP) organized by the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), National Traffic Police (C67), the Ministry of Education and Training, and AIP Foundation gathered stakeholders to discuss key results after one year of implementation. Attended by 130 participants, the workshop was an opportunity for delegates from national and local government agencies to share their experiences in order to develop a plan for the upcoming year.

The NCHAP launched January 2015 with the goal of significantly increasing child helmet wearing rates in Vietnam. The plan presented an opportunity for governmental bodies at the national and local levels, socio-political organizations, and local authorities to collaborate on planning and monitoring child helmet regulation compliance.

Since the implementation of the plan, from March 2014 to December 2015 in Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City, child helmet wearing rates, on average, increased from 36% to 47%.  In 12 other project provinces, child helmet use rates, on average, increased from 32% to 52%.

Due in part to these advances, National Traffic Safety Committee Vice Executive Chairman Dr. Khuat Viet Hung, in a speech to the assembled participants, pledged that the NCHAP will be continued in 2016 and subsequent years.

General Motors Vietnam donates 1,000 helmets with U.S. Ambassador in attendance

General Motors Vietnam (GM Vietnam) is partnering with AIP Foundation to donate 1,000 motorcycle helmets and provide road safety training to students and teachers at the Ai Mo A Primary School in Long Bien District and the Thanh Tri School for Handicapped Children in Thanh Tri District in Hanoi in 2016. The helmet handover ceremony was held February 2, 2016 at Ai Mo A primary school, Long Bien district, Hanoi with participation of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius as well as representatives from Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) Dr. Khuat Viet Hung, Vice Executive Chairman, Hanoi Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Education and Training, Hanoi Traffic Police (PC67), Long Bien Bureau of Education and Training, Long Bien People’s Committee, media, students, parents and teachers from two project schools.

VietnamAdvisors calls for investors to help – The Helmet Crisis in Vietnam

Annually, road crashes cause an estimated 22,000 deaths in Vietnam, more than tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS.  Approximately 2,000 children die due to road injury each year, making it the second leading cause of death among Vietnamese children ages 5–14.Road injury costs Vietnam more than 3 billion USD annually, nearly 3% of its GDP.

Though the toll of road crashes outweighs other public health issues, such as HIV/AIDS, which took 14,000 Vietnamese lives in 2009, international development assistance for road injury prevention from 2011 to 2012 is estimated at only 2 million USD. By comparison, the Global Fund, which channels 20% of total aid for HIV/AIDS, provided a 2011-2012 grant of 49 million USD to the Ministry of Health to support HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Motorcycles account for 95% of registered vehicles in Vietnam, and their users account for 75% of Vietnam’s road traffic fatalities.  Of these, nearly 78% are a result of head injury.  In 2006, motorcycle helmet use in Vietnam was less than 30% on average and 10% on city roads.  Helmet use tended to be higher on roads where use was compulsory. After the enactment of Resolution 32 in December 2007, helmet use immediately increased to 99%.

Ai Mo A school children wearing helmets from GM
Ai Mo A school children wearing helmets from GM
Photo credit: Streets of Saigon
Photo credit: Streets of Saigon

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AIP Foundation

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 - Vietnam
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Molly Ellison
Communications & Development Coordinator
Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, Vietnam

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