Swim­ming Safe

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

the Bangladeshi gov­ern­ment’s In­ter­na­tional Drown­ing Re­search Cen­tre (IDRC) and an NGO, SwimSafe, de­sire to re­duce the death toll of 18,000 chil­dren and teens ev­ery year as a re­sult of drown­ing, es­pe­cially in the mon­soon sea­son. The chil­dren and teenagers are mostly be­tween one and seven­teen. Nearly one third of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion uses ponds as bathing spots and most of the deaths by drown­ing oc­cur in the ur­ban ar­eas.

Swim­ming lessons are given and pro­grams held in Bangladesh while the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion has made swim­ming lessons manda­tory in schools. The deaths mainly oc­cur in rivers, ponds and crevices in and around ur­ban ar­eas that be­come filled with wa­ter dur­ing the rainy sea­son and floods. It has been found that chil­dren living in the coastal ar­eas are bet­ter swim­mers.

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