Paediatric 12 Hour First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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One of the leading causes of death globally for children and young people aged 1 to 24 years is drowning.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, estimate that around 236,000 people drown every year. Research shows that more than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, with children under the age of five being the highest risk.

Often, these deaths are linked to daily routine activities. These activities include bathing, collecting water for domestic use, traveling over water on boats, ferries, and fishing. Seasonal or extreme weather events, such as monsoons, are also frequent causes of drowning.

Through evidence-based low-cost solutions, many of these deaths are preventable. These could be prevented by the following solutions: Installing barriers controlling access to water; providing safe places away from water, such as creches for pre-school children with capable child care; teaching swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills; training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation; setting and enforcing safe boating, shipping, and ferry regulations; and finally, improving flood risk management.

Although World Drowning Prevention Day was on the 20th of July, you can still continue to help save lives throughout the year. For individuals, you can share drowning prevention and water safety advice, take swimming or water safety lessons, and finally, support local drowning prevention charities and groups. For groups, you can host public events to share water safety information, set up water safety campaigns, and to support new drowning prevention initiatives. And finally, governments can launch prevention policies and strategies, organize parliamentary discussions and petitions, and finally, commit to prevention programs on a larger scale.