Facts and Figures about Drowning

  • More than 96% of drowning deaths occur in developing countries
  • Child drowning is estimated to exceed 300,000 deaths every year
  • Most child drowning in LMICs occur through everyday activities, not through recreation
  • The drowning rate is 20 times higher in Asia than in rich countries like Australia
  • One child drowns in Asia every 45 seconds during daylight hours
  • Approximately half of all children who drown in Asia are under the age of five
  • Almost half of all children aged 1–4 who drown in Asia, do so within 10 metres of their home
  • Approximately 50 children drown in Bangladesh every day. By comparison, approximately 50 children drown in Australia every year
  • The majority of child drowning occurs in rural areas; rice paddies, wells, fish ponds, troughs for livestock, irrigation canals and similar hazards are situated in and around the home environment
  • Two simple interventions have proven to be extremely successful: a crèche program for children aged 1–4 provides supervision during busy times; and SwimSafe, an adapted survival swimming program, provides basic swimming and water safety skills for older children
  • The Crèche program and SwimSafe can potentially reduce child drowning by more than 85%
UK Family Raise Much Needed Funds for SwimSafe
The Preece Family, from England, were so moved by the child drowning epidemic across Asia that they decided to support the SwimSafe program as their charity for 2013.
Neri Ganzarski raises much needed funds for SwimSafe Bangladesh
As a lover of swimming with her local swim club in Seattle, Washington, Neri Ganzarski was saddened to learn about the high rate of drowning among children in Asia. She decided she would like to see what she could do to help and set about raising funds for our Survival Swimming project in Bangladesh.
Interventions Part 1: Creches
In the dramatic field of humanitarian aid, the Global Drowning Fund partners are showing how simple interventions can prevent child drowning by up to 90 per cent.
Pete and Vi Peterson recognised for the contribution of SwimSafe to the social development of Danang
Pete and Vi Peterson recognised for the contribution of SwimSafe to the social development of Danang
BBC Feature TASC Founder
Former POW and US Ambassador to Vietnam, Pete Peterson, is featured by the BBC about his work to prevent child drowning in the country which has held him captive in more ways than one.
Survival Swimming Bangladesh
Update on Survival Swimming Bangladesh
Drowning in Numbers - New TASC/UNICEF report released
A report released by Royal Life Saving partners The Alliance for Safe Children and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre reinforces the notion that child drowning is a hidden epidemic across Asia.


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