Drowning

a global problem

Low-and middle-income countries

97% of drowning occurs in low-and middle-income countries

Drowning mortality highest in early childhood and for males for all ages in all regions.

Asia

Bangladesh     

Drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths in children aged 1-4 years.

China

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children aged 1-14 years.1

Cambodia     

Drowning was the leading cause of all deaths for children aged 2 and over.

Almost all children (95%) who died could not swim.2                       

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Africa

Drowning death rates are highest in the African Region,

10-13 times higher than those seen in the United Kingdom or Germany respectively.3

High-income countries

Australia

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-3 years.

USA

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-14 years.4

 

1.Child Drowning, UNICEF, Linnan et al. 2012

2.Sodara / UNICEF, 2007

3.Peden & McGee, The epidemiology of drowning worldwide, 2003

4.WHO, 2014

Read the WHO Global Report on drowning here

WHO global report on drowning