The American Academy of Pediatrics has finally updated their recommendations for Drowning Prevention and Awareness. (March 15, 2019)
“Please implement layers of protection; please enroll your toddlers and children in QUALITY swim lessons that focus on survival; please always wear life jackets in natural water. And, please share this important information. Tell your neighbor, your sister, your best friend across the country. REAL children drown. It happens in seconds. It is 100% preventable. We can fix this for our children. Let’s do it.” Nicole Hughes
Every hour of every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning. Drowning is among the top 10 causes of death for people 1-24 in every region of the world. This film illustrates the devastating impact of drowning which is revealed in the Global Report on Drowning – the first report of the WHO to focus exclusively on this leading killer. The report calls for a substantial scaling-up of efforts and resources to prevent drowning and outlines the preventive actions that can be taken by both national policy-makers and local communities to prevent this leading killer.