Global Report on Drowning

Preventing a Leading Killer

February 2015
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    20th February 2015
  • ISBN 9789241564786
  • Language English
  • Pages 76 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"
  • Images color charts, graphs & photos

Globally, an estimated 359,000 people drown worldwide each year, among them more than 63,000 children under the age of 5 years. Drowning is one of the ten leading causes of death for children in every region of the world. Yet a range of prevention measures exists to prevent drowning, including providing safe places for children, teaching basic swimming and water safety skills, installing barriers preventing access to water hazards and ensuring first aid and immediate resuscitation.

With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Drowning Prevention Project, WHO has undertaken the development of its first ever global report devoted exclusively to the topic. This report on drowning prevention, which covers drowning in all countries of the world across all ages, sets out what is known about drowning and drowning prevention, and calls for a substantial scaling-up of comprehensive efforts and resources targeted at prevention.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, charged to act as the world's directing and coordinating authority on questions of human health. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.