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In Cambodia, helmet wearing rates among children are low as motorcycle passengers and bicyclists are not legally required to wear helmets. Previous work from the Cambodia Helmet Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) revealed that barriers to helmet use include lack of helmet access, belief that crash risk depends on trip length, and helmet comfort. Helmets for Kids (HFK) is a CHVI intervention aimed at increasing correct and consistent child helmet use by addressing these barriers.

Roehler, et al. (2013), International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 20:2, 179-183.

Through brief face-to-face roadside interviews in Phnom Penh and four other Cambodian provinces, this article assesses Cambodianmotorcyclists’ attitudes, behaviours and beliefs related to motorcycle helmets. These descriptive findings were instrumental in shaping the Cambodian Helmet Vaccine Initiative passenger campaign to reduce the motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities to support the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The Passenger Helmet Story 2011-2012 01-09-2012

In 2010, Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, already with six years of experience in Cambodia, joined forces with the government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations to launch the Cambodia Helmet Vaccine Initiative (CHVI), based on AIP Foundation’s successful interventions in Vietnam. CHVI’s approach relies on five pillars: (1) public awareness education; (2) school-based programs; (3) technical assistance, advocacy and capacity building; (4) research, monitoring, and evaluation; and (5) helmet provision. CHVI’s main objective is to increase passenger helmet use in the three target areas (Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Kampong Speu) to 60% by the end of 2015.

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