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AIP, Abbott donate 1,300 helmets to HCMC students and teachers
Wednesday,  4/17/2019, 14:27 

AIP, Abbott donate 1,300 helmets to HCMC students and teachers

By Van Ly

Guests guide students to wear helmets properly at the handover ceremony - PHOTO: COURTESY OF AIP FOUNDATION

HANOI - Abbott in Vietnam, AIP Foundation, the HCMC Traffic Safety Committee and the HCMC Department of Education and Training on April 16 provided nearly 1,300 high-quality helmets to students and teachers of Lam Van Ben Primary School in Nha Be District.

The event marked the sixth year of the Helmets for Families program, which is being carried out by Abbott and AIP Foundation. This year’s 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 real dangers of wearing no helmet on the road.

“Teachers and parents play an important role to promote and sustain safe road behavior for students,” said Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, vice chairman of the HCMC 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 Hospital to learn from their experiences in road-related incidents. After that, the information was incorporated into teacher training at program schools. The Helmets for Families program also provides communication materials to road crash injury patients and their families at national and local hospitals in HCMC.

“Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in a road crash. 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,” said Dr. Vo Tan Luc of Cho Ray Hospital.

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 districts.

In addition, the program will expand to four new primary schools in Nha Be District, one of the most underprivileged districts in the city, where many students and their parents risk dangerous road incidents every day without adequate quality helmets.

In the 2018-2019 school year, the program will donate more than 3,600 free high-quality helmets to students and teachers and 800 helmets to parents via subsidized exchanges. Since 2013, Abbott has partnered with AIP Foundation to provide over 25,300 helmets to students and teachers at 17 schools and nearly 14,200 helmets to parents.

“AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Families program will continue to highlight the work of teachers, parents, and health professionals as change-makers in their communities,” said Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation.

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