Avoidable Tragedies: Preventing Drowning

Millions of children in Bangladesh live in a world with no fence or protection from nearby ditches and ponds—and the leading cause of death among children 1-4 years old is drowning.
 
A powerful new video produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies documents the risk uncovered by a drowning study in Bangladesh, a collaboration between the Philanthropies and the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study involving 71,000 children evaluated drowning prevention interventions such as community daycare and playpens.
 
Drowning is one of the world’s top 10 leading causes of death for children and young people. killing 360,000 people every year.
 
Today, the WHO, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the IIRU will announce a new 5-year drowning prevention effort with concrete steps for countries to take.

Source: Global Health NOW

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