Monday, 24 October 2016



Building a global strategy to reduce drowning

The International Life Saving Federation and organisers of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 have set some significant targets in terms of leveraging participation and interest in the event to initiate, influence and promote action to save lives. 

Targets include:

  • Supporting the participation of low-and-middle-income based research, policy and practice professionals from Asia, Africa, Pacific and the Middle East.
  • Funding targeted child drowning research projects in Bangladesh.
  • Establishing a SwimSafe demonstration project site in Danang, Vietnam.
  • Facilitating and participating in a range of regional workshops in drowning prevention.

Perhaps the most ambitious target is the creation of an insightful, meaningful and strategic conference statement that can be built and owned by the 400 conference participants. It is anticipated that this statement will be used by the International Life Saving Federation, and drowning prevention partners across the globe to inform country, regional and global strategies to reduce drowning. 

The process will occur in four broad stages:

  1. Pre-conference review and drafting of the statement
  2. Conference presentations, debate and discussion at WCDP2011
  3. Review and in principle endorsement by ILS Board, Commissioners and partner organisations
  4. Post-conference review, refinement and publishing of the statement

If you would like to participate, simple register to this website and you will then be able to provide feedback and suggestions for each section of the statement.

Please remember that we are all committed to reducing drowning. The intent of the statement is global and overarching in nature. It may not be possible to incorporate all interests and needs at this level, but it is hoped that as we move towards more coordinated and collaborative efforts to reduce drowning the appropriate level of detail will be completed.

If you have any specific feedback please does not hesitate to contact me.


Justin Scarr
ILS Drowning Prevention Commissioner
World Conference on Drowning Prevention Event Director