Asia Injury Prevention Foundation opens world's first non-profit motorbike helmet factory
Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (Asia Injury), a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of children dying in road accidents in Southeast Asia, has opened the world’s first non-profit helmet factory.
Working with government officials and national safety experts, Asia Injury developed an innovative, tropical helmet and is now manufacturing up to 5,000 each week at its new facility. Protec is the only factory in Vietnam producing motorbike helmets that meet international standard certifications.
Asia Injury, founded in 1999, operates the highly successful “Helmets for Kids” initiative in Vietnam, which has donated 50,000 helmets to schoolchildren through its corporate adopt-a-school program. Asia Injury also develops educational programs that teach kids about road safety and supports advertising campaigns that encourage helmet-wearing. All excess revenues from helmet sales support Asia Injury’s educational and advocacy programs.
“We can’t promote road safety unless there are appropriate and wearable helmets available,” said Greig Craft, President of Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. “Our helmets meet that criteria.” Asia Injury has documented dozens of stories of children who have survived accidents because they were wearing their Protec tropical motorbike helmet.
Road accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children throughout Southeast Asia. Last year, 10 to 15 million people under the age of 15 were injured or disabled in traffic accidents worldwide; Vietnam had more than 15,000 road accident fatalities. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020 road accidents will be third leading cause of premature death in the world.
The Protec tropical helmet is an internationally certified motorbike helmet that is highly durable, yet light enough to be comfortable in the Vietnamese climate. The helmet has ventilation and a sun visor, which means it does not block vision or hearing like the more traditional motorcycle helmets available in Southeast Asia. The Protec motorbike helmets sell for around $10, while motorcycle helmet styles cost roughly $50. Because of heavy traffic congestion, and generally short trips the helmets work well in Vietnam.
Asia Injury’s Protec motorbike helmet factory is located about 30 miles from the center of Hanoi and employs 54 Vietnamese workers. The factory houses a state-of-the-art testing lab that allows Asia Injury to ensure the highest quality safety standards for the helmets.
Terry Bilt contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.all-motorcycle-helmets.com.
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