This report aims to galvanise attention and action by highlighting how preventable drowning is, and how collaboration across sectors can save lives.
There needs to be much more national and international attention focused on drowning, given the limited data available on its true scale and the heavy toll it takes on families, communities and economies.
This report aims to galvanise such attention and action by highlighting how preventable drowning is, and how collaboration across sectors – be it health and rural development, fisheries, maritime or disaster risk management – can save lives.
Section 1 sets out key estimates and risk factors for drowning based on the most recent data available to the World Health Organization (WHO). It describes who is most affected, where, and how, and gives an overview of how tackling the drowning burden can be stepped up. Section 2 outlines 10 drowning prevention actions. Section 3 presents conclusions and recommendations.