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RESEARCH:

Child Drowning: Evidence for a newly recognized cause of child mortality in low and middle income countries in Asia

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: UNICEF Office of Research, The Working Group on Child Drowning in LMICs, International Drowning Research Centre, Bangladesh

SUBJECT: Children
TYPE: Working Paper
DATE: 2012


Drowning is a leading cause of death among children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, but current data greatly underestimate mortality due to drowning. This is due to the way drowning data is collected, classified and reported as well as the difficulty in correcting and adjusting the data. Large numbers of these deaths could be prevented annually if these drowning interventions were included in current country programmes. When implemented at national scale and as an integral part of country programmes, the prevention of these drowning deaths, which mostly occur in early childhood, would result in a rapid decrease in early childhood mortality and contribute to meeting Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4). In older children, where drowning is a leading cause of death before adolescence, it would allow a larger proportion of children to reach adulthood.

 

COUNTRY

Bangladesh

AUTHORS

M. Linnan

A. Rahman

J. Scarr

T. Reinten-Reynolds

H. Linnan

J. Rui-wei

S. Mashreky

S. Shafinaz

S. Bose

E. Finkelstein

F. Rahman

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

Series on Child Injury

RESPONDENTS

Bangladesh

China

Vietnam

Cambodia

Thailand

Afghanistan

Bhutan

India

Indonesia

Malaysia

Maldives

Nepal

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Sri Lanka

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Asia

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Water Skiing

Recreational

Sport

Diving

Bathing

ENVIRONMENT

Ocean

Pools

Bathtub

Natural water

Ponds

Lakes

Rivers

Ditches

AGE

< 4

5-9

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

Asian

 

 
 

 

 

 

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