International Drowning Research Centre to open in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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The Australian Agency for International Development, AusAID, is partnering with the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to open the world’s first International Drowning Research Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The International Drowning Research Centre will be based at the headquarters of the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) but its impact will span across Asia.  It will be formally launched in the coming months.  The centre which will build the scientific evidence to show that drowning can be prevented in developing countries by focusing on key research projects aimed at reducing child drowning in each of the key life stages; preschool, school aged and adolescents. The findings and programs will be used to help build skills across the region to prevent drowning.

The Australian government is contributing $850,000 over 3 years to assist Royal Life Saving, the CIPRB and partner The Alliance for Safe Children to address this issue.

The International Drowning Research Centre will also promote the need for people across the region to be taught CPR and basic rescue skills.  A critical part in the development of a culture of water safety, these skills can be lifesaving in emergency and disaster situations that affect countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand regularly.

The Centre has received much attention in the Australian media. Follow the links below to find out more.

Lifesavers bid to cut Asia drownings – ABC News Australia, 10 February 2010

Australian lifesavers to launch Asian drowning research centre – ABC Radio Australia News, 10 February 2010

Drowning: The everyday danger on our doorstep – Justin Scarr, Chief Operating Officer, RLSSA in the Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February 2010

Australian Government Partnership Announced – the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia


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