I thought I would share with you a website and organisation that is trying to prevent child drowning in Danang and around the world. Swim Safe aims to raise awareness and run swim safety programs in poor and developing countries. May 2011 sees the organisation focus it’s attention on Danang.
The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 will be held in Danang from the 10th to the 13th of May, 2011. The conference will focus on prevention, drowning research, rescue, disaster, treatment and collaboration.
The organisation publishes a few horrific statistics which bring home just how big an issue drowning is:
“Everyday in Vietnam 32 children drown.”
“Drowning is the leading killer of children over the age of one in Vietnam.”
“95% of all childhood drowning deaths occur in Asia.”
“One child drowns every 45 seconds in Asia.”
Swim Safe does more than just publish statistics and do research. They run programs all over Asia with the aim of teaching kids the skills they need to survive in the water.
In just twenty 45 minute lessons, SwimSafe Da Nang teaches children basic swimming, floating and rescue skills as well as water safety knowledge and CPR skills and knowledge.
With 13 separate project sites, the bulk of the teaching is conducted at 10 portable above-ground pools. These pools are placed in 10 primary schools across the 7 districts of Da Nang city.
In the official SwimSafe 2010 season in Danang, with the program reached more than 4,600 children, teaching them survival swimming training.
Visit the Swim Safe website and contact them to offer your support.
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