Vietnam confers "Friendship Order' on NGO president

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Greig Craft, founder of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF), has been awarded the Friendship Order by the Vietnamese government for his active contribution to raising public awareness on preventing road accidents.

Craft was given the award by Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung at a Wednesday ceremony in Hanoi, newswire VnExpress reported.

The order aims to honor Craft's significant contributions to the development of a safe and modern traffic environment for Vietnam as well as the enhancement of Vietnam-US friendship, Dung said.

AIPF is a US non-profit organization that seeks to reduce traffic accident injuries and fatalities in developing countries through public education campaigns.

Craft is most known for designing the Helmets for Kids program to promote helmet wearing and increase public awareness of traffic safety in Vietnam, in 2000.

Inaugurated in November 2000 by former US President Bill Clinton during his first visit to Vietnam, the program has attracted a lot of interest from the government, the public as well as the corporate sector.

So far, more than 500,000 helmets have been given to primary pupils through the program.

With its success in Vietnam, the program has been launched in a number of Southeast Asian and African countries.

In 2005, Craft started another  project named "Traffic Environment Improvement" to provide schools with including new entry and exit gates, designated pick up and drop off points for parents and speed bumps in front of the school with zebra crossings and traffic signs.

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