Violence and Injury Prevention

Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer

In 2011, an estimated 360 000 people died from drowning, making drowning a major public health problem. To summarize the knowledge on drowning and make recommendations on scaling up prevention efforts, WHO is developing a global report on drowning prevention.

The report will cover drowning in all countries of the world, and across all ages. Because of the preponderance of drownings occurring in low- and middle-income countries and amongst children and young people there will be a necessary focus on these issues and how they related to drowning.

The report will set out prevention strategies for drowning and recommendations for increased engagement with global drowning prevention. The report will be published in November 2014.

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