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January & February 2015 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

I’m happy to share with you our first newsletter of 2015.

In January, we learned of a staggering new estimate from an article in The Lancet that projects lives lost in 2030 by the leading risk factors in 2010. A projected 1.7 million people will die from road traffic crashes in 2030, compared to the current figure of 1.24. The time is now for countries to put an end to preventable road crashes.

At the start of the year in Vietnam, the National Traffic Safety Committee launched the National Child Helmet Action Plan. The Action Plan aims to reach 80% child helmet-wearing rates by 2016 and is a powerful step for Vietnam towards improved motorcycle passenger safety.

In Cambodia, the Road Traffic Law—in which all passengers are required to wear helmets—was approved and signed by the King on January 9, 2015. AIP Foundation looks forward to supporting the enforcement of this law.

With the strong coalition of road safety stakeholders in support of this progress, I am hopeful we will reach improved helmet use rates and fewer deaths on the roads in 2015.

Please see below to read more about our latest activities.

Kind regards,

Mirjam Sidik
Chief Executive Officer
AIP Foundation

Table of Contents

Global

Ho Chi Minh City ranks as one of the least safe cities

Foreign Policy discusses the motorcycle helmet situation in Cambodia with AIP Foundation

AIP Foundation presents at 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

Vietnam

Helmets for Kids review workshop highlights 2014 results and plans for 2015

Visit to helmet manufacturer helps road safety stakeholdersbetter understand helmet standards

Countdown begins to a nationwide compliance with child helmet use regulation and zero tolerance for violators

First Safe School Zone Working Committee Meeting convenes

AIP Foundation President is awarded Certificate of Merit by the Da Nang People’s Committee

Traffic Safety Day festival and Abbott delegation make helmet education exciting

Cambodia

King signs off on new traffic law, says government

Traffic Police begin drafting nationwide helmet enforcement action plan

Early observations show significant increase in helmet use at “Head Safe. Helmet On.” project schools

UYFC and AIP Foundation partner to increase helmet use among young motorcycle passengers

AIP Foundation President meets with Minister of Information in Cambodia

Extracurricular activities and workshop share road safety message with 600 students and staff

Thailand

Kevin Watkins discusses Thailand's road safety after his recent visit

612 students receive helmets in Samut Prakarn for Children’s Day

Helmets for Kids schools selected as road safety model schools

Extracurricular activities encourage child helmet use in Udon Thani

China

Road safety questionaire gauges students’ knowledge at Walk Wise project schools

Uganda

Mind your safety on that boda ride

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Global

Ho Chi Minh City ranks as one of the least safe cities
January 2015

HCMC was ranked #48 out of 50 cities in The Economist Intelligence Unit “Safe Cities” paper

The Economist Intelligence Unit has released a paper ranking the safest cities in the world. In their “Safe Cities Index 2015 White Paper,” 50 cities are ranked on more than 40 metrics within four main categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ranked 3rd from the last overall, coming in at #48. In the category of "infrastructure safety" (the quality of roads, number of disaster-related deaths, etc.), Ho Chi Minh City finished last.

Access the report at http://safecities.economist.com/

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Foreign Policy discusses the motorcycle helmet situation in Cambodia with AIP Foundation
2 February, 2015—Cambodia

AIP Foundation’s Cambodia Country Director Mr. Pagna Kim discussing the helmet wearing situation in Cambodia with Foreign Policy Magazine

Foreign Policy, a prominent and leading international source for global news, has featured an article titled, “Death Rides a Moto”. The article is written to coincide with the new traffic laws in Cambodia but also elaborates on the growth of motorcycles across Asia, fatalities in Thailand, and sub-standard helmet use in Vietnam.

The article features a video with AIP Foundation’s Cambodia Country Director, Mr. Pagna Kim, who discusses current motorcycle issues in Cambodia and AIP Foundation’s programs. AIP Foundation is implementing “Head Safe. Helmet On.” to address helmet safety in Cambodia through behavior-change campaigns, school-based helmet safety programs, and advocacy for legislation enforcing helmet use.

Watch the video here.
Read the article here: “Death Rides a Moto.”

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AIP Foundation presents at 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
7 February, 2015—New Delhi, India

His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations addressing (via video) attendees at the 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

AIP Foundation’s Development Director Mr. Colin Delmore had the opportunity to present AIP Foundation’s work at the 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit under the thematic track “Safe and Clean Transport for Sustainable Cities.” The session focused the contemporary discussion of ‘SMART’ cities on ‘safety.’ The panelists also stressed that transport should include a holistic approach integrating urban planning, policy measures, and urban sustainability.

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Vietnam

Helmets for Kids review workshop highlights 2014 results and plans for 2015
January, 2015—Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Dong Nai Provinces

Attendees at the Dong Nai Review Workshop discuss Johnson & Johnson supported Helmets for Kids program results and implementation into 2015

Three large review workshops took place to discuss the Johnson & Johnson supported Helmets for Kids program. Attendees reviewed 2014 program results, lessons learned over the past three years, and plans for 2015. In total, 246 local representatives from the Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Education and Training, and Traffic Police were present with parents and teachers. Eleven schools received awards for successful program implementation and for having the highest helmet wearing rates.

AIP Foundation saw significant stakeholder engagement and ownership of the Helmets for Kids program across the provinces and is encouraged by the strong support for the continuation of Helmets for Kids.

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Visit to helmet manufacturer helps road safety stakeholders better understand helmet standards
7-9 January, 2015—Binh Duong Province

Policymakers and journalists visit Long Huei helmet manufacturer to understand the entire helmet production process

AIP Foundation organized a capacity training workshop supported by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), with financial assistance from the Bloomberg Philanthropies, for 44 policymakers and journalists from Binh Duong, Long An, and Tay Ninh Provinces. The capacity trainings provided attendees with detailed knowledge on Vietnam’s child helmet situation, legislation, and implementation. During the training, participants visited Long Huei helmet manufacturer to better understand standard helmets by observing the entire process of producing quality helmets: from the testing laboratory to helmet assembly lines to the final product packaging. All participants agreed that the program provided them with useful information and is a way to strengthen the bond between NGOs, local government, and relevant traffic safety stakeholders.

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Countdown begins to a nationwide compliance with child helmet use regulation and zero tolerance for violators
13 January, 2015—Hanoi

A press conference was held to launch the National Child Helmet Action Plan, attended by Ambassadors, government representatives, partners, and additional road safety VIPs

The National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Vietnam’s governmental authority on road safety, has launched a National Child Helmet Action Plan to promote child helmet use across the country.

The National Child Helmet Action Plan is coordinated by the NTSC and its department members, and is supported by many organizations, including AIP Foundation.

The Action Plan seeks to raise public awareness and create a transformational shift in the attitude towards child helmet use and regulation using the key message “Love your child, provide a helmet.” Main activities include public awareness-raising and mass media communications on child helmet use, school-based education, and increased police enforcement on a national scale to crack down on violations of the child helmet regulation.

Read more here.

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First Safe School Zone Working Committee Meeting convenes
28 January, 2015—Ho Chi Minh City

The first Working Committee meeting was held in January to discuss the Safe School Zone project

As a part of the long-term Safe Kids Walk This Way program in Vietnam, Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of HCMC Traffic Safety Committee, Vice Chairman of District People’s Committee, and other officials attended the first Safe School Zone Working Committee Meeting in January. The Safe School Zone project educates nearly 1,300 students on pedestrian safety, makes infrastructural modifications to school zones, and collects and analyzes hospital injury data in order to improve the pedestrian situation for children. The project advocates for the Safe School Zone model to be implemented in schools across Vietnam.

At the meeting, the results of school surveys conducted in July 2014 were presented and three schools were chosen for Safe School Zone implementation. Attendees successfully advocated for asphalt spread in front of one of the surveyed schools, which were completed before the Lunar New year to help students travel safely.

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AIP Foundation President is awarded Certificate of Merit by the Da Nang People’s Committee
6 February, 2015—Da Nang

AIP Foundation President Mr. Greig Craft receives the Certificate of Merit by the Da Nang People’s Committee

AIP Foundation President Mr. Greig Craft has been awarded with the Certificate of Merit by the Da Nang People’s Committee. The award is in recognition of Mr. Craft’s “active contributions to the socio-economic development of Da Nang and enhancing the friendship and cooperation between Da Nang and foreign partners in 2014.” On February 6, 2014, a ceremony was held in Da Nang to award individuals and organizations with Certificates of Merit.

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Traffic Safety Day festival and Abbott delegation make helmet education exciting
10 February, 2015—Ho Chi Minh City

Mr. Joseph McKillips, Sr. Manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, and Safety for Abbott plays road safety games with students

A helmet-themed Traffic Safety Day festival was held at Truong Dinh Primary School in District 12, educating 867 students on road safety through a variety of interactive festivities. As part of AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Families program, the event included road safety activities that reinforce reinforce previous interventions. This is the second year that Helmets for Families, supported by Abbott, is enforcing quality helmet use among students and their parents.

The festivities were attended by a delegation from Abbott Headquarters, including Mr. Bert Mohrdieck, Manager, Global Commercial EHS, Global Engineering Services, Abbott Commercial Operations; Mr. Joseph McKillips, Sr. Manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, and Safety, Abbott; and Mr. Mike P. Ha, EHS Manager, Global Commercial Fleet Safety & Global Ergonomics, Abbott Vascular. Students thoroughly enjoyed playing and competing in road safety activities with these special Abbott visitors.

View more photos here.
Read the full press release here.

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Cambodia

King signs off on new traffic law, says government
9 January, 2015—Phnom Penh

The new law requires all riders—including passengers and children—to wear helmets on motorcycles

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni has signed off on a more robust traffic law, completing the final step for legislation that could hit the streets as early as next month, according to the government’s National Road Safety Committee (NRSC). The bill sailed through the National Assembly in a few days of debate in December and passed the Senate just before the New Year.

Among other changes included in the law, passengers who are older than 3 years and riding on a motorbike will now have to wear a helmet.

Source: Phnom Penh Post

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Traffic Police begin drafting nationwide helmet enforcement action plan
29 January, 2015—Phnom Penh

H.E Lieutenant General Him Yan, Deputy Commissioner General of the National Police, attended the national action plan workshop

To support the implementation of the new Road Traffic Law, which was officially enacted on January 29, traffic police attended a workshop in Phnom Penh to develop a nationwide action plan for the enforcement of the passenger helmet law.

In December, two senior traffic policeman visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Singapore in order to hear experiences and lessons learned from traffic police on the subject of passenger helmet use enforcement. Traffic police who participated in the study tour, organized by AIP Foundation, shared their experiences at the workshop along with police from national and provincial levels to discuss how these best practices can be developed into an action plan applied across Cambodia.

Read more here.

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Early observations show significant increase in helmet use at “Head Safe. Helmet On.” project schools
30 January, 2014—Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Kampong Speu Provinces

Students wear their new helmets at a handover ceremony

In January 2015, AIP Foundation conducted the first post-intervention helmet observations at the 18 schools targeted by the “Head Safe. Helmet On.” project, supported by USAID-DIV and others, as well as six control schools.

The observation took place at each school approximately two weeks after the ceremony or event where students and teachers received their helmets. Across the 18 target schools, average student helmet use rates increased from 0.4% in the pre-intervention observation to 89% in the first post-intervention observation. However, student helmet use rates at the six control schools remained low from 0.5% to 2%.

The second post-intervention helmet observation will be conducted 10-12 weeks after the ceremony or event at each school.

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UYFC and AIP Foundation partner to increase helmet use among young motorcycle passengers
10 February, 2015—Phnom Penh

UYFC and AIP Foundation representatives sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

On February 10, the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) announced their formal working partnership with AIP Foundation to reduce fatalities and serious head injuries among vulnerable motorcycle passengers—including children—in Cambodia. The announcement was made official through a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties, taking effect from February 2015 to December 2016.

View photos from the MoU signing here.
Read the press release here.

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AIP Foundation President meets with Minister of Information in Cambodia
11 February, 2015—Phnom Penh

AIP Foundation President Mr. Greig Craft with His Excellency Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information in Cambodia

On February 11, AIP Foundation President Mr. Greig Craft met with His Excellency Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information in Cambodia. The meeting took place following a communications campaign stakeholder consultative meeting. H.E. Kanharith will co-organize a workshop for media on road safety and the new traffic law in the near future with the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation. The Minister of Information in Cambodia supports AIP Foundation’s goal increasing passenger helmet rates in targeted communes of Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Kampong Speu to 80% by 2016.

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Extracurricular activities and workshop share road safety message with 600 students and staff
12 & 17 February, 2015—Phnom Penh

Students from Aknu Wat Primary School practice safe bicycle skills while wearing helmets

AIP Foundation delivered extra-curricular road safety activities to approximately 300 students from Aknu Wat Primary School, supported by Manulife (Cambodia) Plc. The activities focused on the importance of helmet use and involved a drawing contest, question and answer games, and pedestrian, bicycle, and motor-vehicle safety lessons. The students were enthusiastic about learning life-saving skills and were committed to sharing these road safety lessons with family and peers.

Furthermore, AIP Foundation coordinated with the American Intercon School (Toul Kork Branch) and arranged a seminar for approximately 300 staff and students focusing on the recently approved Road Traffic Law.

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Thailand

Kevin Watkins discusses Thailand's road safety after his recent visit
12 January, 2015—Bangkok

While in Thailand, Mr. Kevin Watkins spoke at The 7% Project launch. He discussed his visit in a recent article in the Bangkok Post

In November, Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute, attended The 7% Project campaign launch while on a fact-finding visit to Thailand. While there, AIP Foundation arranged for Mr. Watkins and Road Safety Ambassador Michelle Yeoh to meet with a father whose 13-year old son was killed in a motorcycle crash without a helmet.

Mr. Watkins wrote an article in the Bangkok Post about his visit, discussing this meeting, the campaign, the road safety situation in Thailand, and his thoughts on child helmet use.

Read his article: "Slap on a helmet, keep your child safe on the road."

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612 students receive helmets in Samut Prakarn for Children’s Day
14 January, 2015—Samut Prakarn Province

Representatives from DENSO, FIA Foundation, AIP Foundation, Bangmuang Sub District, Samut-Prakarn Land Transportation, and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation place helmets on students

Students from Intarumphun-Anusorn School received 612 high-quality helmets in association with Thailand’s National Children’s Day. The helmet donations, organized under Helmets for Kids and with support from DENSO International Asia Co., LTD (DENSO) and the Road Safety Fund, were provided to promote helmet use and road safety awareness.

Prior to helmet donation, helmet use rates for students traveling by motorcycle or bicycle were observed to be 0%. These rates have increased to 54% after only two weeks of program intervention.

Read more here.

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Helmets for Kids schools selected as road safety model schools
15 January, 2015—Udon Thani Province

Last year, Udon Thani schools participated in many road safety efforts. Pictured, a Road Safety Day parade to promote helmet use

Two of AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids schools in Udon Thani, Nong Samrong Wittaya and Ban Nakwang Wittaya, have been selected as model schools by the Province of Udon Thani based on their efforts and success in implementing school road safety programs.

A ceremony was held to hand over a certificate to each of the two schools on January 15, 2015.

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Extracurricular activities encourage child helmet use in Udon Thani
20-22 January, 2015—Udon Thani Province

Students race to match puzzles depicting proper helmet use

Three Helmets for Kids schools (Chomchonnakwang, Chomchonmoomon, and Nong Samrong Wittaya) supported by Vespiario (Thailand) Co., Ltd. participated in extracurricular activities in January. These activities reinforce helmet use after a helmet donation that was previously been during the school year. In total, 619 students played games on traffic laws, traffic signs, and steps for wearing helmets properly.

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China

Road safety questionaire gauges students’ knowledge at Walk Wise project schools
January - February, 2015 - Kai County

During the 2013-2014 school year, 24,947 students participated in the Walk Wise project

In January, AIP Foundation visited 37 Walk Wise project schools to test students’ learning and understanding of road safety. Along with road safety knowledge, the questionnaire asked about the road safety environment around schools, students’ road safety behavior, and their main means of transportation.

By the end of February, 2015, AIP Foundation had received around 30 finished forms. This information is important in order to work to improve road safety around schools.

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Uganda

Mind your safety on that boda ride
5 January, 2015—Kampala

It costs 8 million Ugandan Shillings (USD $2,747) on average to treat just one severely injured motorcyclist at Mulago Hospital, according to a new study by the Uganda Christian University in partnership with Makerere School of Economics.

To manage these cases, Mulago Hospital directs 62.5% of its surgery budget to treating victims of boda crashes, says Barbara Mwanje, Regional Manager of AIP Foundation in Africa, which operates under the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI).

Source: Daily Monitor.

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