The rate of child drowning in developing countries is extraordinarily high. For several years Royal Life Saving has lent its skills and expertise to many international communities within the Asia-Pacific region, working with international and regional partners to reduce this tragic toll.
Our lifesaving activities include:
- Supporting emerging lifesaving agencies
- Training and development
- Water safety consultancy
- Provision of resources and funding
Our current partners include SwimSafe Thailand, SwimSafe Danang, Vietnam, and SwimSafe Bangladesh.
Facts and Figures about Drowning in Low and Middle Income Countries
- More than 96% of drowning deaths occur in low and middle income countries (LMICs)
- Child drowning is estimated to exceed 200,000 deaths every year
- Most child drowning in LMICs occur through everyday activities, not through recreation
- The drowning rate is 20 times higher in Asia than in high income countries like Australia
- One child drowns in Asia every 45 seconds during daylight hours
- Approximately half of all children who drown in Asia are under the age of five
- Almost half of all children aged 1–4 who drown in Asia, do so within 10 metres of their home
- Approximately 50 children drown in Bangladesh every day. By comparison, approximately 50 children drown in Australia every year
- The majority of child drowning occurs in rural areas; rice paddies, wells, fish ponds, troughs for livestock, irrigation canals and similar hazards are situated in and around the home environment
To further respond to the issue of child drowning, RLSSA, in consultation with ILS and AusAID, established the Global Drowning Overseas Aid Relief Fund and has begun an awareness raising and fundraising initiative through the Global Drowning Fund website.
The Global Drowning Fund aims to provide training, education, and research, and increase local skills and capacity in LMICs.