Helmets for Families program engages medical experts to enhance its school and family-based interventions

19:11 | 16/04/2019 Economy- Society

16 April, Helmets for Families program, supported by global healthcare leader Abbott in Vietnam, introduced its sixth year of programming with a launch event held at Lam Van Ben Primary School in Nha Be district where 1,292 students and teachers received free high-quality helmets.

AIP Foundation hosted the event in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Education and Training. This year’s Helmets for Families program will continue collaborating with doctors and medical professionals, using their experiences working with road crash victims to educate teachers, parents, and students about the very real dangers of not wearing a helmet.

helmets for families program engages medical experts to enhance its school and family based interventions

“Teachers and parents play an important role to promote and sustain safe road behavior for students,” Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee. “Without their cooperation and proactiveness, it would be difficult to reinforce safe helmet use.”

Last month, teachers and parents visited doctors and patients at Cho Ray National Hospital to learn from their experiences with road-related incidents. After that, this information was incorporated into teacher trainings at program schools. Helmets for Families program provides communication materials to road crash injury patients and their families at national and local hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City.

helmets for families program engages medical experts to enhance its school and family based interventions

“Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in a road crash,” said Dr. Vo Tan Luc of Cho Ray Hospital. “Teachers and parents should know the risks involved in road crashes and how to prevent them by promoting quality helmet use for adults and children.”

The program will continue reinforcing correct helmet use through educational engagement at six primary schools that had previously participated in the program in Hoc Mon and Cu Chi District. In addition, the program will expand to four new primary schools in Nha Be District, one of the most underprivileged districts in Ho Chi Minh City. Many students and their parents risk dangerous road incidents every day without adequate quality helmets. During the 2018 - 2019 school year, the program will donate 3,643 free high-quality helmets to students and teachers and 800 helmets to parents via subsidized exchanges.

helmets for families program engages medical experts to enhance its school and family based interventions

“We are privileged to be a part of this important education program, Helmets for Families, to raise awareness about road safety and provide quality helmets for protection - all with the goal of enhancing the health and well-being of Vietnamese children and families,” said Mr. Douglas Kuo, General Manager of Abbott in Vietnam. “By empowering teachers and parents to create communities of safer drivers and passengers, we can make a positive impact for the future of our children, and help deliver progress toward the government’s commitment to implement the United Nations’ traffic accident reduction goals”.

For sixth consecutive year, Abbott and AIP Foundation partner to improve road safety, providing teachers, parents and students with education and nearly 40,000 high-quality helmets to date.