Drowning is one of the leading causes of death globally for children and young people aged 1-24 years. Every year, an estimated 236,000 people drown.
More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with children under the age of five being at highest risk. These deaths are frequently linked to daily, routine activities, such as bathing, collecting water for domestic use, travelling over water on boats or ferries, and fishing. The impacts of seasonal or extreme weather events – including monsoons – are also a frequent cause of drowning.
Most of these deaths are preventable, through evidence-based, low-cost solutions, such as:
installing barriers controlling access to water
providing safe places away from water such as crèches for pre-school children with capable childcare
teaching swimming, water safety and safe rescue skills
training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation
setting and enforcing safe boating, shipping and ferry regulations
improving flood risk management.
This year, WHO invite you to “do one thing” to save lives on World #DrowningPrevent Day.
For social media WHO recommends that the hashtag #DrowningPrevention be used, including for World #DrowningPrevention Day.
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