Four years on and it was amazing to meet many of the original CIPRB team from Bangladesh who continue to work on the project and pioneer the space of child water safety. Through their SWIM SAFE initiative, they have taught hundreds of thousands of children in Bangladesh basic water skills and survival techniques using a community led model which has had a 96% protection success against drowning. The project is certainly a shining example throughout the drowning prevention world as to how effective (and fast) intervention can be with a focussed and deliberate approach supported by a group of passionate experts – drowning prevention will look very different in Bangladesh in the space of a generation as a result.
The conference was bought to a close over a state-of-the-art seminar in which a panel, including representatives from the World Heath Organisation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Royal Lifesaving Society summarised and highlighted some of the major challenges that lie ahead. Everything from the effects of climate change to swimming pool closures were discussed. There is already a huge amount being done to combat the world’s third largest killer but there is clearly so much more that can be done.
Here at Red Rescue, we remain at the service of lifesavers around the world to deliver innovative, accessible solutions that get to the heart of the challenges we face.