What is the challenge?
- In 2010, approximately 10,162 Tanzanians lost their lives due to road traffic crashes and more than 200,000 suffered injury: this equals one death for every 100 registered vehicles on Tanzania’s roads.
- According to recent observations by the Helmet Vaccine Initiative – Tanzania, the helmet use rate in Tanga, Morogoro, and Dar es Salaam is 53%, and motorcycle drivers and male riders are more than three times as likely as passengers and female riders to wear a helmet.
What are we doing?
In Tanzania, AIP Foundation operates under the Helmet Vaccine Initiative Tanzania and has engaged in advanced discussions with the Tanzanian government to replicate the successful Protec factory model in Dar es Salaam. AIP Foundation provides technical assistance for the development and operations of the helmet factory, to be established under Tanzania Prisons Service, a division of the Tanzania Ministry of Home Affairs. AIP Foundation has secured the support of high-level government officials, including the Prime Minister’s Office.
Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda sent an official government delegation to visit the Protec factory Hanoi in November 2012. Following the visit, the Tanzania Prisons Service (TPS) began to develop a plan for a local helmet factory. AIP Foundation and our local counterpart, the Helmet Vaccine Initiative – Tanzania, act as advisers on the project. The plant will create jobs for the physically disabled and those within the prison system while providing high-quality, tropical helmets to the regional market.
AIP Foundation’s key activities in this unique partnership include:
- Hosting research and information exchange trips in both Vietnam and Tanzania
- Initiating necessary steps to guide helmet assembly plant implementation
- Exporting helmet parts and components to Tanzania for the factory
- Creating a helmet testing laboratory
What do we hope to achieve?
To improve the accessibility of high-quality, affordable, and locally appropriate helmets to the Tanzanian and regional markets.
Find out more:
- 19-11-2015 AIP Foundation participates in the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety
- 20-09-2015 Legislation workshop sponsored by the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
- 11-08-2015 AIP Foundation and WHO join media workshop under Bloomberg Initiative
- 07-09-2014 Opinion Piece: Tanzania: Enough of Road Carnage
- 20-11-2013 Helmet Vaccine Initiative – Tanzania observes World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
- 25-06-2013 Observations in Tanzanian cities show that drivers and men more than three times as likely to wear helmets than passengers and women
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