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2019 Helmets for Families program kicks off

Released at: 16:12, 18/04/2019

2019 Helmets for Families program kicks off

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AIP Foundation hosting Helmets for Families program in 2019, with valuable assistance from Abbott Vietnam.

by Phi Linh

Nearly 1,300 students and teachers from Lam Van Ben Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Be district received free high-quality helmets from the Helmets for Families program at an event on April 16.

The Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation hosted the event in cooperation with the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee and the Department of Education and Training. Abbott has been cooperating with the AIP Foundation on the Helmets for Families program for six consecutive years in an effort to improve road safety, providing teachers, parents, and students with education and nearly 40,000 high-quality helmets to date.

In Vietnam, where the proportion of people travelling by motorbike was a high 56 per cent in 2016 and is estimated to be 70 per cent by 2030, road safety is a major concern, from the government to citizens and NGOs. Halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents is also among of the biggest goals set by United Nations to 2020.

This year, Abbott continues supporting the Helmets for Families program through a grant of $85,000 to the AIP Foundation. During the 2018-2019 school year, the program will donate 3,643 free helmets to students and teachers and 800 helmets to parents in ten schools in Ho Chi Minh City, four of which are new program schools in Nha Be district.

This year’s Helmets for Families program will cooperate with doctors and medical professionals, who will use their experience working with traffic accident victims to educate teachers, parents, and students on the very real dangers of not wearing a helmet. Last month, teachers and parents visited doctors and patients at Cho Ray National Hospital to hear of their experience with road-related incidents, with this information then incorporated into teacher training at program schools. The program also provides communication materials to road accident patients and their families at national and local hospitals in the city.

Started in 2013 and developed in cooperation with the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Education and Training, the program has provided children and parents with high-quality helmets and raised awareness among teachers, students, and parents about road safety and the importance of wearing helmets.

After six years, the program has had a positive effect on the community. Student helmet-wearing rates at program schools have consistently increased post-intervention. Abbott and the AIP Foundation have presented high-quality helmets to students and teachers at 17 schools in underprivileged districts in Ho Chi Minh City. In the first three years, the average helmet-wearing rate among students in Ho Chi Minh City increased from 27.5 per cent to 80.75 per cent. In Hanoi, average helmet-wearing rates increased from 5.6 per cent pre-intervention to 84 per cent after one year.

“We are privileged to be part of this important education program, to raise awareness and enhance the health and well-being of Vietnamese children,” said Mr. Douglas Kuo, General Manager of Abbott Vietnam. “By empowering teachers and parents to create communities of safer drivers and passengers, we can make a positive impact on the future of our children. We believe that by promoting good road safety behavior, such as wearing quality helmets, our children, who are the future generation, will be better protected so that they grow to reach their full potential.”

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