Monday, 21 January 2013

Bloomberg reports on safety progress

Mayor Bloomberg at a motorcycle helmet safety event in Vietnam in 2012

Bloomberg Philanthropies has published an impact assessment at the half-way point in its five year 'Global Road Safety Program' targeted on ten countries with serious road traffic injury problems. The philanthropic foundation of Mayor Michael R Bloomberg of New York committed $125 million at the Moscow Ministerial Conference in 2009 to support catalytic road safety investment during the Decade of Action.

Bloomberg Philanthopies estimates that at least 12,670 lives will be saved in five years based on the program’s early accomplishments in target countries: Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.

The delivery partners in Bloomberg Philanthropies' initiative are the Association for Safe International Road Safety (ASIRT), EMBARQ, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH), World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report was published as Mayor Bloomberg joined World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at a sustainable transportation forum at the Bank, where both men highlighted the need to do more to address road traffic injuries.

“The success we have had through our road safety program is saving lives around the world, but there is still more work to be done,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “We look forward to spreading our efforts and contributing to the Decade of Action to reduce preventable road traffic deaths and injuries.”

Mayor Bloomberg was the recipent of the 2012 Prince Michael Decade of Action Award, presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the 2012 Decade of Action Policy & Donor Forum, for his leadership in international road safety and his philanthropic support for road injury prevention.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Roads safe for pedestrians

Check out the Long Short Walk campaign's film 'Solutions for Safer Roads' below, promoting simple measures like providing footpaths, safe crossings and reducing speed limits. Putting words into action, the Road Safety Fund is supporting pedestrian safety projects for children in several countries with Safe Kids Worldwide's 'Model School Zones', funded by FedEx; Amend's school safety assessments and community advocacy initiative, funded through our small grants programme, supported by Allianz, Bosch and other donors; and iRAP's road assessments, funded by the FIA Foundation. Ahead of UN Global Road Safety week in May join us on the Long Short Walk, campaign for change and help us support more injury prevention programmes to make roads safe for all!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Helmet advocates urge safety legislation

Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, speaks at the media launch
Motorcycle helmet safety campaigners in Cambodia have urged the government to pass a new passenger helmet law to protect all motorbike users, including children.
At a media launch in Phnom Penh on 10th January 2013, Mirjam Sidik, CEO of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, called for urgent action to finalise a new law which would enable the police to enforce helmet use by all. A revision of traffic regulations – which would expand mandatory helmet use to adult and child passengers – is under review by the Council of Ministers.
"The prevention of fatal and costly road crashes is a matter for all of us to tackle," said Mirjam Sidik."Passengers are as much at risk of suffering the consequences of not wearing a helmet as drivers. Together we appeal directly to the government for swift enactment of the draft law, an action which is supported by 98% of the Cambodian public."

H.E. Tram Iv Toek, Cambodia's transport and road safety minister

Responding, H.E Tram Iv Toek, Minister of Public Works and Transport and Chairman of the National Road Safety Committee, said he hoped the new law could be finalised and approved within months. "Non-helmeted motorcyclists are more than four times as likely to suffer fatal head injuries in case of a crash. It is our priority that all Cambodians truly understand the importance of helmets and safe road behavior, even on short rides and regardless of age", the minister said.  
The event was supported by the FIA Foundation. Saul Billingsley, the FIA Foundation's deputy director, participated in the press conference and said: "To build on the country’s accomplishments of the past few years, the Cambodian government and stakeholders across sectors have the responsibility to take action. Passing comprehensive legislation will send the message that Cambodia is serious about road safety."

The minister was presented with a joint statement signed by 24 stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and ithe nternational community appealing to the government to pass the comprehensive legislation; the media to promote helmet use and safe road behavior through all mediums; the private sector to develop internal policy to encourage their staff to respect traffic laws; and motorcyclists to wear helmets and share the message with their families. Other stakeholders active in road safety in the country will also be encouraged to join this effort over the coming months.

In the next phase of activities, AIP Foundation will expand its public awareness campaign encouraging passenger helmet use on television, radio, billboards, and print. The initiative is supported by the FIA Foundation, amongst other donors, including through a grant via the Road Safety Fund.

Monday, 14 January 2013

UPS begins helmet handover in Cambodia and Vietnam


UPS staff help children adjust helmets. Photo copyright: AIP Foundation

The UPS Foundation, a Global Supporter of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, has donated motorcycle crash helmets to children at high risk schools in Cambodia and Vietnam. UPS Foundation has committed to providing $450,000 over the next 3 years in support to the 'Helmets for Kids' programme managed by the AIP Foundation, in a partnership announced at the Clinton Global Initiative.
In Vietnam, helmets were handed over at the first of four schools to participate in the UPS philanthropic initiative during 2013. "Road safety education is as critical for students as it is to our drivers," said Jeff Mclean, General Manager of UPS Vietnam. "Our staff is excited to take a hands-on role in the Helmet for Kids program, with more the 29 of our employees volunteering their time in school-based activities."
In Cambodia, the country's education minister joined representatives of UPS and other dignitaries to hand over more than 900 helmets at the first of three schools to participate in 2013. In total around 8000 motorcycle crash helmets will be distributed this year in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam through the UPS Foundation's support.

H.E. IM Sethy, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport for the Kingdom of Cambodia thanked the UPS Foundation for their contribution in his speech at the handover ceremony."Helmets for Kids contributes to efforts to promote safer behavior among vulnerable road users, especially child motorcycle passengers, and is also in line with the government's goal to reduce road crashes to a minimum level. I encourage teachers and parents together to set a positive example for children by wearing helmets on motorcycles and by respecting the traffic law. We do not want to see our loved ones suffer injuries, life-long disabilities persons, or premature death."

Attending the Cambodia helmet handover ceremony Saul Billingsley, Director of the Road Safety Fund, said: "It is great to see UPS Foundation's support for the UN Decade of Action expanding to include this partnership with 'Helmets for Kids'. This is an initiative which has deep roots in local communities and is proven to protect children from road injury".

See more photos of the events below (all photos copyright: AIP Foundation):
Red Ramirez, UPS Asia Pacific, (left), AIP President Greig Craft (centre) and Education minister IM Sethy (right) hand out helmets at the Cambodian event
Jeff Maclean, UPS Vietnam, interviewed by media

Guests arrive at the Vietnam launch


Friday, 11 January 2013

Child safety law approved in Uruguay

Nani Rodriguez, President of Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, described the passage of the child safety law as a 'milestone for the country and the region'

In a significant achievement for road safety in Uruguay and for our partner NGO Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, the Uruguyan parliament has legislated for the compulsory use of child restraint systems within a new Road Safety Regulations Act. The Act, approved at the end of 2012, further adds to legislative recognition of the need for road safety for children in the country, building on an earlier School Transport Act which required seat belts in school buses. The passage of both Acts is testimony to the consistent and successful advocacy of the Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation, which has combined engagement with policymakers and practical campaigns to implement road safety improvements. For example, working in partnership with the Uruguyan Society of Paediatrics, the Foundation has challenged child seat manufacturers and importers, and the government, to improve standards. As a result, today 95% of child restraint systems available on the market in Uruguay comply with international standards. The NGO also organises regular 'Check Up Points' in partnership with the police to instruct parents in the correct fitment and use of child seats. Nani Rodriguez, President of the Fundacion Gonazalo Rodriguez, described the passage of the Road Safety Regulations Act as "a milestone for the country and the region". The Fundacion Gonzalo Rodriguez is supported by the Road Safety Fund through a grant from the FIA Foundation.