WHO highlights devastating global impact of drowning

November 18, 2014 12:51 AM

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The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention on this global health epidemic.

The WHO estimates that more than 1,000 people die from drowning every day, or 40 every hour. The highest rates for drowning are among children under five years of age. More than 90 percent of drownings happen in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO data is the best available but, with drowning ...

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