Drowning Prevention


In Bangladesh, on average, 50 people, including 40 children, die due to drowning every day, and this has been labeled as a "silent epidemic." These are wasted lives, preventable deaths. The Center for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) has conducted extensive research and produced evidence on the prevention of drowning deaths since 2005. The research findings show local, cost-effective measures exist to prevent drowning such as institutional care for children under 5, water safety education, installation of barriers and teaching swimming by the trained community swimming instructors.

The Bangladesh government has also recognized child drowning as a leading cause of child health and safety problems and is taking steps to address the issue. Moreover, the government has initiated the development of national strategy to reduce drowning deaths and has approved a three-year project named Integrated Community Based Center for Child Care, Protection and Swim Safe Facilities.


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