Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) is a Legal NGO in Bangladesh, registered with Bangladesh NGO Bureau and Society act XXI of 1860. Since inception the Center has been engaged with innovation and good practice in the area of health and development. Research, training and program implantation are the major areas of interest of this organization. Prevention of Injuries through Social Intervention and Education (PRECISE) is a unique invention of CIPRB in the field of Injury prevention. The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) was founded in 2005 in order to combat and prevent mortality and morbidity caused by injury and promotes quality of life.
Lifeguard training to be given in Bangladesh to reduce high rate of drowning
CIPRB, RNLI and Tiger Tours Ltd successfully organized a Press Conference about life guard training to be given in Bangladesh to reduce high rate of drowning on 4th March 2012 at 1 pm at the British Council office on Fullar Road, Dhaka.
Lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in the UK are travelling to Bangladesh between 3rd and 16th March to deliver lifeguard training and help develop a lifeguard training programme for the country. The RNLI will be working with the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) and fair-trade tourism operator Tiger Tours Ltd, with support from local government.
Drowning is the leading killer of children in Bangladesh, claiming over 18,000 lives a year. The coastal area of Cox’s Bazar has witnessed a number of high-profile drowning deaths during recent years, yet despite this there remains no formal training programme for lifeguards in the country.
The RNLI, a charity that saves lives at sea, is the largest employer of lifeguards in the UK, and they are keen to use their knowledge and experience to help reduce the number of people drowning in Bangladesh.
Dr. AKM Fazlur Rahman, Executive Director of CIPRB says:
‘We are excited that the RNLI are assisting us with the development of a program that will be suitable for the local environment. CIPRB are committed to reducing the number of people who drown in Bangladesh.’
For five days the RNLI and CIPRB will be training approximately 12 participants from the recently formed Cox’s Bazaar Surfing and Lifesaving Club. They will cover the crucial first steps of lifeguard training, including personal fitness; beach surveillance; riskassessments; recognising when a person is in distress; understanding rescue equipment; the effect of wind, waves and currents; reaching, retrieving, assessing andtreating a casualty. For the final two days, they will alsodeliver a ‘train the trainer’ course, enabling the volunteers to teach the skills they learn to others.
Steve Wills, the RNLI’s International Development Manager:‘The drowning problem in Bangladesh is huge, particularly among children. The RNLI has years of expertise in saving lives at sea and through our international development work we are aiming to share our knowledge with countries like Bangladesh, to help prevent more lives being tragically lost to drowning
‘Cox’s Bazar is a very popular beach and the volunteers at the lifesaving club have been doing their best with what little training and equipment they have. The programme our experienced RNLI lifeguard trainers can deliver in just seven days should make a world of difference, equipping these volunteers with vital knowledge and skills to carry out rescues and save more lives.”
Tim Steel, Chief Advisor of Tiger Tours Bangladesh Ltd. Commented, ‘Tiger Tours is an initiative by Mr. Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury to develop sustainable inbound tourism into Bangladesh, with investment and expertise from US, UK, Europe, Australia, Japan, and, of course Bangladesh itself.
Sustainable tourism not only recognizes and supports the role of communities in delivering goods and services to visitors, but also includes security and safety. Lifeguard skills are essential to the development of such inbound tourism, in enjoyment of many beaches and such activities as surfing.
Tiger Tours welcomes the commitment of CIPRB, and the support of RNLI in this development.’
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