World Health Organization: Global Report on Drowning

World Health Organization: Global Report on Drowning

Just a few days ago the World Health Organization released their first ever “Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer“. The 76 page report is chuck full of facts, data, and prevention recommendations. The report is broken up into 3 sections: Drowning – A Neglected Public Health Issue This is a global burden and data collection is limited. Prevention is vital. Ten Actions to Prevent Drowning Community-based action, effective policies and legislation, and further research are highlighted in depth. Conclusion & Recommendations “Given the multisectoral nature of drowning, a global partnership for drowning prevention should be established…donors and government must prioritize drowning prevention, and its integration with other public health agendas.” Key Facts: *372,000 people die from drowning every year *Over 50% of those deaths are under the age of 25 *Males are twice as likely to drown as females *Drowning kills more children every year than measles and tuberculosis Risk Factors: *Living around water *Young children (ages 1-4) have the highest drowning rates *Flood disasters (which aren’t even included in the overall numbers) *Water transportation (also not included in overall numbers) Preventive Actions: *Install barriers, blocking access to water *Provide capable child care *Train people in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR *Set and enforce safe boating, shipping, and ferry regulations *Improve flood risk management *Teach children basic swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills This report is the foundation of global awareness and prevention. As Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General stated, “Drowning is a needless loss of life. Action must be taken by national and local governments to put in place the simple prevention measures articulated by...