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Helmet Vaccine Newsletter January 2013


Dear friends and supporters,

I write to wish you, our friends, a happy and safe New Year. As I begin my ninth year with AIP Foundation, but my first as Chief Executive Officer, Greig has passed on to me this opportunity to communicate our news for you. He, of course, is still working tirelessly with us to ‘deliver vaccines for road safety’ around the world – in fact, as I write, Greig is en route to Tanzania to support the government in the first stages of developing a local helmet factory.

Last month, a new study published in the Lancet identified road injury as an alarmingly increasing health burden, up by 46 percent over 20 years and the leading cause of death for young people throughout the world. Our progress to this point has been substantial, but this data demonstrates just how much more there is still to do. Join me in this New Year to make the world’s roads a safer place, especially for children and youth.. 

Kind regards,

Mirjam Sidik
Chief Executive Officer
Asia Injury Prevention Foundation

Table of Contents

1. Global

2. Vietnam

3. Cambodia

4. Thailand

5. China


News Update

Global Burden of Disease: Massive shifts reshape the health landscape – Fewer people are dying but more live with disability. Mental health disorders, pain, and injuries are hindering people’s health. The proportion of deaths worldwide due to road traffic accidents increased by 46 percent from 1990 to 2010.
Source: The Lancet 13.12.2012



News Update

Nationwide effort helps to stem traffic accidents – The Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has praised the country's efforts to deal with its traffic problems at a tele-conference between local and national authorities, acknowledging provincial leaders for their efforts in making 2012 - the Year of Traffic Safety - a success.
Source: VietnamNet 04.01.201

Diversey donates helmets to Cam Thuong Primary School for the sixth year, protecting 1,814 students and teachers

4 January – Hai Duong

Diversey, a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions, continued its partnership with AIP Foundation, sponsoring a helmet donation top-off ceremony on January 4th for Cam Thuong Primary School's newly arrived first-graders. Diversey has generously provided nearly 2,000 helmets and six years of road safety education to Cam Thuong Primary School since 2007.

Cam Thuong is located in close proximity to the busy National Highway 5. School officials recognize that their students are especially vulnerable and place a high priority on the road safety education.

The ceremony featured a magic show by Mr. Stefan Phang, Diversey’s Director of Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability Asia, Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Japan Sealed Air Corporation.

Four high-risk schools in HCMC to receive Helmets for Kids from UPS Foundation

9 January – Ho Chi Minh City

Tran Nhan Ton Primary School in Binh Chanh district, Ho Chi Minh City and AIP Foundation hosted a kick-off ceremony to launch the Helmets for Kids initiative sponsored by The UPS Foundation for nearly 3,000 students and teachers at Tran Nhan Ton, Tran Van On, Pham Van Chieu, and Anh Duong primary schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

These four schools are located in close proximity to high-risk roads. More than 80 percent of students commute to school by motorcycle or bicycle, yet student helmet wearing rates are approximately 30 percent, and of those wearing helmets, most are sub-standard quality.

20 volunteers from UPS instructed students on how to wear a helmet correctly and played road safety games with students. To the great excitement of all, celebrity ambassador Đai Nghia attended the ceremony to speak out about the importance of helmets for children. The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training and Traffic Police, as well as the District 12 People's Committee and 26 primary school principals invited by Binh Chanh District People's Committee, also participated in the ceremony.

HTV7 features child helmet use on Sunday talk show

27 January - Vietnam

Earlier this month, Vietnamese supermodel Tran Phu Long and AIP Foundation's National Program Manager Nguyen Dieu Nuong were invited by HTV7 to participate in a talk show, titled "True Value," focusing on child helmet use in Vietnam. The show covered the alarmingly low rates of helmet use among child motorcycle passengers, barriers to and myths about child helmet use, and information on how to identify a quality helmet. HTV7 aired the show on Sunday, January 27th at 4:30 pm.



News Update

Safety advocates want helmet law for all – It is common to see as many as four people on a motorbike weaving through Phnom Penh traffic, with only the driver wearing a helmet. But backers of a plan to broaden the scope of the 2007 traffic law by making it mandatory for all passengers, including children, to don a helmet say the status quo is a recipe for road disaster.
Source: Phnom Penh Post 11.01.2013

AIP Foundation calls for support to increase motorcycle passenger helmet use

10 January – Phnom Penh

H.E Tram Iv Toek, Minister of Public Works and Transport and Chairman of the National Road Safety Committee with Mirjam Sidik

On January 10th, AIP Foundation announced a new range of activities to increase helmet use among motorcycle passengers, of whom only seven percent wear helmets on Cambodia's roads, and called on local government ministries, civil society, businesses, and media agencies to join in efforts to increase helmet use. Nearly 50 stakeholders signed a joint statement of support appealing to the Government to pass comprehensive legislation the media to promote helmet use and safe road behavior through all mediums; the private sector to develop internal policy to encourage their staff to respect traffic laws; and motorcyclists to wear helmets and share the message with their families.

In the next phase of activities, AIP Foundation will expand its public awareness campaign encouraging passenger helmet use, complemented by helmet donations and traffic safety education for students and teachers at high-risk schools. New initiatives also encourage swift enactment of a draft law expanding mandatory helmet use to adult and child passengers, currently under review by the Council of Ministers. The legislation is supported by 98 percent of the Cambodian public.

UPS Foundation sponsors three high-risk schools in Cambodia through Helmets for Kids

11 January – Kandal Province

Red Ramirez, UPS Asia Pacific, Manager - Authorized Service Contractors, Greig Craft, and  H.E. IM Sethy, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport

Hun Sen Prek Russey Primary School in Takhmao City, Kandal Province and AIP Foundation hosted a kick-off ceremony on January 11th to launch the Helmets for Kids ( HFK) initiative sponsored by The UPS Foundation for 2,887 students and teachers at Hun Sen Prek Russey, Kor Ki, and War Sor primary schools in Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces. Each is located in close proximity to high-risk roads, yet student helmet wearing rates are low.

H.E. IM Sethy, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport attended and expressed his enthusiastic support for Helmets for Kids in line with the government’s goal to reduce injuries from road crashes to a minimal level.

Plantation Hotel and AIP Foundation train staff on correct helmet use and safe road behavior

14- 15 January – Phnom Penh

AIP Foundation, in collaboration with Dai Thom Pi Driving School, conducted helmet use and safe road behavior training for 200 staff members of Plantation Hotel operations across the country. AIP Foundation provided participants with information on correct helmet use and the importance of wearing helmets, especially for passengers and children, complemented by Dai Thom Pi overview of respect for traffic signs and regulations.

Royal University of Phnom Penh hosts forum to promote youth helmet use and prevent drunk driving

25 January – Phnom Penh

The Union of the Youth Federation of Cambodia (UYFC) joined the General Commissariat of National Police, His Excellency Hun Many, and AIP Foundation at the Royal University of Phnom Penh on January 25th to stand up for improved safety on Cambodia's roads. Road traffic accidents disproportionately affect young people in Cambodia with nearly half of those who perished on the country’s roads in 2011 aged 15 to 29. AIP Foundation President, Greig Craft, expressed the importance of protecting Cambodia’s youth as their future, and marked the commitment with a donation 500 helmets to young people in attendance.



News Update

How deadly driving habits define a nation – The New Year traffic continued its deadly trend despite intensified official efforts to put a lid on the number of accidents. According to official reports, the seven-day period over the New Year from Dec 27 last year to Wednesday saw 3,176 accidents, 83 more than last year.
Source: Bangkok Post 04.01.2013

Diversey helmet saves seventh grade student in Pathumthani Province

20 December –  Pathumthani

Sompop Banlumpong, a seventh grade student at Wat Suwan School in Pathumthani Province, was riding a motorcycle on his village road when he hit a speed bump and fell off. Fortunately, he wore his Diversey helmet and was protected him from head injury. As a result, Sompop only sustained minor scratches on his elbows and knees.

UPS and AIP Foundation roll out Helmets for Kids at two schools in Udon Thani

27-28 December – Udon Thani

Motorcycles are the primary mode of transport for 80 percent of school children in Udon Thani in Northeastern Thailand, but helmet use in this area remains alarmingly low. In response, AIP Foundation launched a three-year Helmets for Kids partnership with UPS Thailand at a kick-off ceremony, when the coalition handed over 2,285 helmets to children of Ban Mak-kaeng and Nong Samrong Wittaya schools in Udon Thani, one of the country’s fastest growing provinces.

The ceremony’s 400 attendees included Udon Thani Vice Governor Mr. Sarote Sang-Arun, H.E. Mr. Mikael H. Winther, Danish Ambassador, Mr. Charin Suwannaputae, representative of Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Director-General, and local famous singer Mr. Chayakorn Wongpetch.

With assistance from UPS and Udon Thani Rajabhat University volunteers, AIP Foundation also conducted teacher training workshops and extracurricular activities, in addition to distributing posters and leaflets to raise awareness in the local community on the best practices in road safety. Monitoring and evaluation activities are also set up to follow any change in the helmet use rates among school children.

Wat Nakprok School receives award for commitment to road safety

17 January - Bangkok

As part of Sigma Elevator Helmets for Kids sponsorship of Wat Nakprok Primary School in Bangkok, 77 students from grades one, three, and six participated in extracurricular road safety activities on January 17th. The school was recently awarded a Gold Medal Reward from the Bureau of Student Activities Development, Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education for the Helmets for Kids and the school’s commitment to improving its community’s road safety awareness.

Vespa announces support for AIP Foundation with launch of limited edition model

24 January - Bangkok

On January 24th, Vespiario Thailand announced support for AIP Foundation. For every “Vespa LX 125ie Limited Edition 2” sold, the company will contribute THB 550 to equip children with road safety education and helmets. The “Save a child. Give a helmet.” initiative is expected to continue for one year.


News Update

Taking traffic regulations seriously – Revised rules set to impose much heavier penalties on drivers who run red lights, drive after drinking, or make phone calls while at the wheel, as Wang Xiaodong reports.
Source: China Daily USA 01.01.2013

Stakeholders meet to review mid-term evaluation of Chevron’s Walk Wise pedestrian project

22 January – Kai County

Researchers from Sichuan University completed their mid-term evaluation of Chevron and AIP Foundation’s Walk Wise pedestrian project at Gaoqiao and Qili primary schools in Kai County in December. Researchers reviewed the work plan, interviewed with school administrators, observed of traffic safety lessons, and facilitated focus group discussions with students and teachers to evaluate the project’s progress, identify lessons learned, and inform their recommendations.

On January 22nd, 13 stakeholders met to review the mid-term evaluation, provide feedback, and support activity planning for 2013. Leaders from Kai County’s Coordination Office, Education Committee, Police Station, Youth League, and Working Committee for the Care of Children, as well as Gaoqiao Township Government and Chevron attended. Suggestions for the next stage included an electronic material to support the Walk Wise curriculum, video accompaniment, public awareness activities, and environmental modifications.


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