Vietnamese policymakers, journalists trained to boost compliance of child helmet law

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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Participants discussing solutions to raise helmet wearing rate among Vietnamese children during a recent training course on the issue in Can Tho City. Photo credit: AIP Foundation Participants discussing solutions to raise helmet wearing rate among Vietnamese children during a recent training course on the issue in Can Tho City. Photo credit: AIP Foundation

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The National Traffic Safety Committee and Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation have launched a capacity building courses for policymakers and journalists on improving child helmet use in Vietnam.
The training program, sponsored by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and Bloomberg Foundation, aims to provide necessary skills and support for 54 policymakers and journalists to promote child helmet use through government action plans and media coverage, AIP Foundation said in a release.
Led by experienced trainers from National Traffic Safety Committee, the People’s Police Academy, and veteran journalists, the program involves two training courses. The first was conducted last week in Can Tho Province with participation of Can Tho, An Giang, and Tra Vinh provinces and the second course will be conducted in January 2015 in Binh Duong Province with participation from Binh Duong, Long An, and Tay Ninh provinces.
Policy makers and journalists have involved in communication and enforcement tactics of child helmet in an effort to find solutions to increase child helmet use rates in their provinces.
Participants also received practical insight as they took a field trip to a local primary school, and joined local police on patrol.
At the end of the course, a provincial action plan was developed and strong commitment for child helmet use was received from each provincial partners.
According to AIP Foundation, road injury is the number one cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 and the number two cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 in Vietnam.
A relevant government decree requires people aged six and older to wear helmets. However, child helmet use rates remain under 38 percent, compared with the 90 percent among adults.
The slow progress is attributable to lack of enforcement, misinformation, and social unacceptability of helmets, according to AIP Foundation.

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