Abbott Continues to Partner with AIP in Helmets for Families Program

4:36:28 PM | 18/4/2019

Recently, Helmets for Families program, supported by global healthcare company Abbott in Vietnam, kick started 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.

Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation hosted the event in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Education and Training. Abbott has been cooperating with AIP Foundation on 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 rate of travelling on motor is at a high proportion (nearly 56% in 2016, estimated 70% in 2030)1, road safety is a major concern in Vietnam from 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 the year 2020. As a global healthcare company, Abbott is committed to work with key stakeholders to anticipate and address health care challenges in Vietnam. This year, Abbott continues supporting Helmets for Families program through a grant of US$85,000 to AIP Foundation for 2019. During the 2018 - 2019 school year, the program will donate 3,643 free helmets to students and teachers and 800 helmets to parents across 10 schools in Ho Chi Minh City— four of which are new program schools here in Nha Be District.

This year’s Helmets for Families program will collaborate 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. 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.

Abbott employees have volunteered 532 hours to support the Helmets for Families program. The hands-on involvement of these volunteers including measuring helmet sizes for students, training students on proper helmet use techniques, school wall painting to raise awareness and facilitating road safety educational activities at events. The effort of the volunteers completes the commitment of Abbott to Vietnam, making a difference not only at the workplace but serving the communities they live in.

Started from 2013, developed in cooperation with the National Traffic Safety Committee and Ministry of Education and Training, the Helmets for Families program has provided children and parents with high-quality helmets and raise awareness among teachers, students and parents in project primary schools and communities on road safety and the importance of wearing helmets properly. After 6 years, the program has exerted positive effects to the community. Student helmet wearing rates at program schools have consistently increased post-intervention. Abbott and AIP Foundation has brought high-quality helmets to students and teachers at 17 schools in underprivileged districts in Ho Chi Minh City. In the first 3 years, the average helmet-wearing rate of students in Ho Chi Minh City increased from 27.5% to 80.75%. In Hanoi, average helmet wearing rates increased from 5.6% pre-intervention to 84% after one year.

“As a global healthcare company, Abbott is committed to work with key stakeholders to anticipate and address healthcare challenges in Vietnam with our life changing technology and solutions. We are privileged to be a part of this important education program, Helmets for Families, 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 to the future of our children. We believe that by promoting good road safety behaviours, such as wearing quality helmets, our children, who are the future generations of Vietnam, will be better protected so that they grow to reach their full potential.”