The International Drowning Research Centre – Bangladesh (IDRC-B) was officially launched on Wednesday 4 August 2010 in Dhaka with over 200 people attending the launch ceremony.
The centre, based in Dhaka, is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and will carry out research to develop effective and sustainable drowning interventions that are appropriate for Bangladesh and countries with similar social, cultural and risk environments, especially neighbouring countries across Asia.
The IDRC-B is coordinated by the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) along with its partners the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA), The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) and supported the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
The State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was chief guest of the launching ceremony and spoke about how a greater awareness is needed around such tragic deaths amongst children and research focusing on action and results could be the key to reducing the child drowning rate.
Also on hand to launch the centre were special guests MD Ishaque Hosain Talukder MP, Dr Justin Lee – Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Serguei Diordista of WHO, Carel de Rooy of UNICEF, as well as representatives of RLSSA, TASC and CIPRB.