The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the ‘Global report on drowning – preventing a leading killer’.
Drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people a year worldwide, with over 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO European Region, drowning causes the loss of 37 000 lives every year. It is the second leading cause of death in children aged 5–14 years and the fourth leading cause among young people aged 15–29 years.
The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to release the Global report on drowning prevention late 2014. This will cover drowning in all countries of the world across all ages, will set out what is known about drowning and drowning prevention, and will call for a substantial scaling-up of comprehensive efforts and resources targeted at prevention.
Young Scottish and Welsh men, some watersports and areas with the greatest amount of inland water should be targeted for drowning prevention campaigns, according to the findings of a pioneering analysis of water fatality figures.
More than a million primary schoolchildren are unable to swim, says a major survey out today.
A report by swimming’s governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association, shows that 51 per cent of seven to 11-year-olds are unable to swim the length of a typical pool (25 metres).
Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.
Please also refer to Data and Statistics in the Cross-Cutting Themes section
Posted in Children & Young People Safety, Cross-Cutting Themes, Data & Statisics, Drowning, England, Fire Safety, Great Britain, Home Safety, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Occupational Safety, Older People Safety, Road Safety, Scotland, Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention, Sports & Leisure Safety, United Kingdom, Violence Prevention, Wales
Countries Covered: UK
A new resource has been launched to collect and share better data on fatal and non-fatal drownings, injuries and near misses. The Water Incident Database (WAID) has been developed by the National Water Safety Forum to address the lack of data and information on water-related deaths and injuries.