Our international work
Every other minute, someone in the world drowns. These are wasted lives. Preventable deaths.
Drowning is a silent epidemic that claims an estimated 235,000 lives every year, many of them children. But this leading killer isn’t getting the global attention it deserves.
The RNLI is working with global leaders, public health organisations and at-risk communities to help turn the tide. We want to make drowning prevention a priority worldwide and reduce this staggering loss of life.
By raising awareness, conducting research and testing interventions, we can make a difference together.
The global drowning problem
Drowning is a huge problem internationally. In many parts of Asia, it is the leading killer of children over the age of 1. But the scale of the problem is not getting the attention that it needs.
Anyone can drown. No one should. We won’t stand by while anyone, anywhere, drowns. The RNLI’s international work is a small, but important, part of what we do.
Working with our international partners and leaders, we’re helping communities most at risk of drowning with tailored, targeted interventions that will help stop these preventable deaths.
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From community first aid guides to documents to help set up your own beach lifeguard service, you can make a difference in your community with these materials. Designed by the RNLI’s water safety experts, these resources can help you tackle the drowning problem.