Daycare Can Help Prevent Drowning

In Bangladesh, drowning surpasses malnutrition as the top killer of 1-5-year-olds. Many of these children drown while playing unsupervised in household ponds.

The solution may sound simple: “increased supervision and more awareness,” writes Daily Star assistant editor Syed Mansur Hashim. Daycare is in short supply in Bangladesh, especially for low-income children. But it can work: Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded research showed that community daycares can slash child drowning deaths by up to 70%.

Traditional rescue methods, like force-feeding victims to induce vomiting, can themselves be deadly. Instead, training and CPR and first aid should be widespread in communities and school curricula.

Daily Star Bangladesh (Opinion)

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