The few photos I have seen in newspaper clippings are remarkably similar: Small children with wet faces; their heads cranked back and their lifeless mouths open like dead fish. In one video, a young father tightens his face as he struggles to hold back his tears. The…

Children with autism and bodies of water have long been a nightmarish combination for parents and guardians. A Columbia University study published earlier this year confirmed their fears: Children with autism are 160X more likely than other children to drown. Experts say…

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.  

James McWilliams’ brief history of drowning begins with an intriguing question for public health: “How do we prevent drowning, when humans were likely never meant to swim?” Swimming doesn’t come naturally to humans; drowning does. It’s is the 5th-leading cause of death…

Every hour of every day, 100 children die worldwide from an entirely predictable and preventable cause: unintentional injuries and violence. 95% of all of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While high-income countries have been able to reduce…

By Claire Elizabeth Felter In Stone Town, Zanzibar, jumping off the seawall at Forodhani Gardens into the ocean is an evening ritual for boys. Though many have been doing it for years and are experienced swimmers, performing the act has its risks. “Just this week…