The Global Drowning Epidemic

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children drown in developing countries. The issue is not well-known but the latest research and surveys show that drowning is a leading cause of death for children aged 1–4 in many Asian countries. The likelihood is that drowning creates a similar burden in other developing countries around the world.

Child drowning in Asia is estimated to exceed 200,000 deaths every year. That’s close to 1,000 infants, children and adolescents drowning every day in a region crisscrossed by rivers, canals, deltas, rice paddies, and other water sources.

Unfortunately, accurate figures have been hard to come by and drowning has been grossly under-counted and under-reported by health authorities and, has therefore escaped the attention of governments, aid agencies and donors. It is only now that the horrific toll of child drowning is being noticed.

In the continuing fight to build a better world for children, drowning is largely preventable. Furthermore, prevention is simple, low cost and effective.

It is time to end child drowning throughout the world.


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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