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New child car seat initiative promotes child car seat and seatbelt use among Hanoi parents

11-05-2019

A mother and her daughter reflect on lessons learned from the workshop

Following the kick-off ceremony in early May, AIP Foundation and AA Vietnam educated over 70 parents on the importance of using seatbelts and child car seats at a workshop held at Nam Tu Liem Primary School. This parent education workshop is part of our new child car seat initiative, which is modeled after FIA’s toolkit for child safety in cars, and will advocate for child seatbelt use and car seats to be included in Vietnamese law. Professor Le Huy Tri, Vice President of Road Safety Research Center and the People’s Police Academy helped to organize the workshop. Parents learned how to use and install car seats, as well as useful information and tips to stay safe when transporting children in a car. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road crashes in Vietnam cause an estimated 24,970 fatalities and more than 499,400 injuries each year. Children are particularly vulnerable: 1,900 children perish on Vietnam’s roads each year. Road crashes are the second leading cause of death for Vietnamese children between the ages of 5 and 14. The WHO reports wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death among drivers and front seat occupants by 45-50% and the risk of death and serious injuries among rear seat occupants by 25%. In addition to parent training workshops and government advocacy, AIP Foundation will implement a public awareness campaign on social media and install a series of billboards in busy traffic areas around Hanoi. The campaign will reach approximately 78,440 people.

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