World Drowning Report 2007

TitleWorld Drowning Report 2007
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsKreft, O, Agnew, P, Bayers, B, Bailey, S, Sabatini, A, Bierens, J
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers02-21

Globally, drowning is a big problem. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death after motor vehicle collisions – even though drowning deaths are significantly underreported.

United Nations world population projections mean we can anticipate that the drowning problem is going to get worse without significant intervention, especially in developing countries.

The goal of the ILS World Drowning Report Committee is:

  • to define the current global drowning problem
  • to identify the current state of drowning mortality data collection
  • to provide strategies to enhance and encourage better data collection
  • to provide opportunities for global learning from case profiles of countries with well developed reporting systems and mechanisms

In our world, things seem not to count unless they can be counted. But collecting drowning data is a formidable challenge. There is no data for many countries and regions. The reliable data that is available excludes cataclysms, suicide, etc.

The ILS World Drowning Report Committee aims to increase the number of countries reporting drowning data in subsequent editions of the World Drowning Report, and to encourage ongoing improvement in the quality and depth of data. The goal is to include, eventually, all of the countries of the world, either by adding missing data that is reliable and readily available, or by encouraging the gathering and reporting of such data.

The Committee stands ready to provide the necessary advice and guidance to help ILS Member Organisations and countries to develop reliable data collection programmes. The sharing and analysis of the data can assist and inspire countries to find optimal data collection and reporting methodologies. The ultimate goal is not merely to collect and report drowning data, but to use the data as a tool to raise public awareness, to encourage and guide preventive initiatives, and to help ensure prevention efforts are effectively targeted.

Like any empirical or interpretative study it is hoped that as experts on world water safetyÔ ILS can review and share existing data while continuing to seek ways to improve its collection. Most importantly, it is the intention of ILS that provision of this report and its successors will assist in the development of intervention strategies to employ scarce resources toward the most effective drowning intervention strategies. The ultimate goal is a meaningful reduction in the incidence of drowning worldwide.

Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge on the background and purpose to ILS producing a World Drowning Report.
  • Collection of drowning data and the challenges faced by many nations and therefore ILS.
  • Future plans for ILS in producing a regular report.