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Nearly 720 primary school students and teachers at Chbar Amov 2 and Wat Mongkol Serei Kean Kleang Primary School in Phnom Penh received quality helmets and were encouraged to wear them as part of their school uniforms during the Safety Delivered 2019 kick-off event, implemented by AIP Foundation and supported by The UPS Foundation. The event aims to inspire young students to be role models in their community by promoting helmet use. Over the course of the 2019-2020 program, The UPS Foundation will donate more than 2,000 helmets to primary schools located in high-risk communities.
Following the success of the Safety Delivered program’s first year of implementation in Myanmar in between 2017-2018, 1,200 participants, including students, teachers, parents, and school representatives, attended the Safety Delivered helmet handover ceremony at School No. 13 in Chan Mya Thar Zi of the Mandalay Region in Myanmar, on December 19, 2019. Road traffic crashes continue to be one of the most fatal and costly public health problems in Myanmar, causing 17,452 crashes in 2018 that resulted in 5,184 deaths and 26,741 injuries, with motorcyclists making up the majority of fatalities at 45%.
In response to the Vietnam National Traffic Safety Committee’s 2019 traffic safety action plan, which calls for better traffic safety for passengers and motorcycles, AIP Foundation addressed child non-helmet use by providing more than 400 helmets to at-risk students at Phu Xuan Primary School in Binh Xuyen District through the Helmets for Kids program. The Helmets for Kids program is supported by the Vietnam Garment Manufacturing Company (VNG) – TAL Apparel and implemented by AIP Foundation in Binh Xuyen District, a rural district of Vinh Phuc Province in the Red River Delta region of Northern Vietnam.
The Helmets for Families program, organized by AIP Foundation with the support of Manulife Cambodia, held a symbolic helmet handover ceremony at Onlong Vil Primary School in Onlong Vil Commune, Sangke District, Battambang Province, in which 1,238 helmets were donated to students, teachers, and parents. The event was attended by provincial and national government representatives, including officers of Battambang Province, well as road safety stakeholders and representatives from Manulife Cambodia and AIP Foundation.
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 Văn Thanh Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In celebration of AIP Foundation’s Safety Delivered program, more than 500 attendees, including volunteers from UPS (NYSE: UPS), students, parents, school officials, and local stakeholders from 12 program schools, banded together to raise awareness for road safety through a kick-off ceremony at Ban Bangkapi School in Bangkok, Thailand.
FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, together with Safe Kids Vietnam and AIP Foundation, celebrated International Walk to School Month by holding a pedestrian safety walk around Minh Dao Primary School. Representatives from Safe Kids AIP and FedEx guided more than 800 students, aged 9 to 10 years old, on a walk around the school to help educate them on road and safe road user habits.
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.
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.
The Second Annual Conference for Road Safety in Cambodia brought together policy makers, concerned government bodies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, media, and road safety advocates in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 350 delegates convened at Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh on September 4-5, 2019, to discuss practical strategies, exchange information, and participate in breakout sessions to review current road safety plans, and share their recommendations for the future of road crash prevention. The conference was hosted by AIP Foundation and the Coalition for Road Safety (CRY), in coordination with the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC).
The key focus and theme centered on addressing Cambodia’s “Eight Pillars” of Road Safety: safe road users, safe infrastructure, better road management, safer vehicles, improved emergency medical assistance, law amendment and enforcement, expansive driver licensing and management, and evaluation of passenger and goods transport services.
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