The US Department of State and the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the public-private partnership which will raise funds to improve traffic safety for children in Vietnam.
Under the agreement signed in Hanoi on Thursday, AIP and the US Embassy in Hanoi will organize events and helmet donations to support the pre-existing program Helmets for Kids.
The agreement is part of activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the US and Vietnam.
According to AIP, the partnership aims to provide educational activities and helmets to 25,000 children from at-risk schools across the country.
It is a unique platform combining expertise from the US and Vietnamese governments, NGOs, and the business sector to address a mutual public health concern, according to the foundation.
“The US government and AIP Foundation share the common goal of promoting essential and life-saving education to children throughout Vietnam,” said US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius.
“On this occasion, we are pleased to combine efforts, resources, and ideas to contribute to Vietnam’s socio-economic prosperity.”
The new partnership builds on a 15-year history between the US government and AIP.
In 2000, Former President Bill Clinton launched Helmets for Kids in Ho Chi Minh City and then-Senator John Kerry launched the program in Hanoi.
“Road traffic crashes are the number one killer of young people in Vietnam today, and yet these deaths are completely preventable,” said Greig Craft, president of AIP.
“The 20th anniversary of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations provides a special platform for raising awareness of this critical issue and promoting a safer generation in Vietnam.”
A total of 5,851 road traffic crashes have been recorded nationwide in the first quarter this year, killing 2,345 people and injuring 3,842 others, according to the General Statistics Office.