The Royal Life Saving Society-Australia, in partnership with the Governments of Thailand and Vietnam, will deliver a program to build capacity in drowning prevention throughout 2019.
This important program will include workshops and field trips for ASEAN nations to build awareness and capacity, and to highlight strategies to reduce drowning.
The World Health Organisation has identified drowning in the ASEAN region as a hidden public health threat. In many nations, drowning is a leading cause of mortality in children aged 1-15 years.
The ASEAN-Australia Drowning Prevention initiative aims to strengthen capacity and coordinated responses, develop national drowning prevention plans, and prioritise the importance of swimming and rescue skills for children throughout the ASEAN region.