The World Health Organization (WHO) released its first ever “Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer” in Geneva on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General launched the programme. The report says that,
The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) is a world leading injury prevention organization, contributed a lot in the report. Dr. Aminur Rahman, Director, IDRC-B was one of the Editorial Committee members and Prof. Dr. AKM Fazlur Rahman Executive Director, CIPRB was in the Advisory Committee of the report. The report highlights evidence showing a range of effective drowning prevention strategies, and makes a number of recommendations for concrete measures to be taken by national and local governments.
The Report highlights:
The report describes drowning prevention projects in a number of low and middle-income countries, including those where rates of drowning are high, for example, in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The report recommends that such efforts should be systematically implemented and monitored in order to identify best practices and bring those which are most successful to scale.
“Efforts to reduce child mortality have brought remarkable gains in recent decades, but they have also revealed otherwise hidden childhood killers,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “Drowning is one. This is a needless loss of life. Action must be taken by national and local governments to put in place the simple preventive measures articulated by WHO.”
The report recommends that