Our international work

Drowning is a silent epidemic. It claims an estimated 372,000 lives worldwide each year, over one-third of which are children. 

The RNLI is working in partnership with others to make drowning a global priority - and to provide at-risk communities with the knowledge, equipment and skills they need to reduce this staggering loss of life.

RNLI trainer helping a local child during Aquatic Survival training in Zanzibar, Africa

Photo: RNLI / Mike Lavis

RNLI trainer helping a local child during Aquatic Survival training in Zanzibar, Tanzania
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A child plays by water in Bangladesh
The global drowning problem
Drowning is one of the biggest killers in many low- and middle-income countries. Why are so many deaths going unnoticed?
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An RNLI instructor delivers lifeguard training in Tanzania
How we’re helping
We’re equipping communities and regions most at risk with the lifesaving knowledge and skills they need.
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Sea Safe Lifeguard Sukkur stands in front of his home with his family
The difference we’re making
Our programmes are already saving and changing lives in low- and middle-income countries across the world.
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A Sea Safe lifeguard patrolling the beach at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
FAQ
Your questions answered. Find out more about why the RNLI is working internationally, including how programmes are developed and where the funding comes from.
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A child learning to swim in the sea on Zanzibar
Funding
We know that simple, inexpensive solutions are an effective way to combat global drowning. Find out how we’re funded and give your support.
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