Our international partners

We can’t take on drowning alone - and we don’t have to. We’re working with a committed and diverse group of organisations to reach more people and save more lives worldwide.
A trainer from Panje Project in Zanzibar discusses a water safety lesson with an RNLI trainer

Photo: RNLI/Mike Lavis

From the teacher training a child to swim to the researcher whose findings recommended the lessons, we work with partners at every stage of drowning prevention.

Who are the RNLI’s international partners?

The George Institute for Global Health is an independent medical research organisation, targeting preventable illnesses and injuries that are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. They are providing the RNLI with scientific support to ensure robust evidence underpins the Bhasa project in Bangladesh. Their findings will ultimately help other regions and countries with drowning prevention planning. They are also researching country profiles that help us to decide where to work in future.

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is an international charity focused on preventing loss of life in the world’s waters. We work closely together - both at home and overseas - to improve our own search and rescue services, as well as helping fellow organisations with crew exchanges, support and mentoring.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a public research university specialising in global health. LSHTM are world leaders in the measurement of global health burdens and have technical expertise in managing health data. They’re providing technical expertise as we compile different drowning data sources in Tanzania and developing a low-cost approach that may be used by other nations.

A SwimSafe teacher runs a lesson in a pond in Barisal, Bangladesh

Photo: RNLI/Harrison Bates

A SwimSafe lesson in Barisal, Bangladesh. Here the CIPRB and George Institute have carried out groundbreaking household survey on drowning.

We’re supporting these partners to deliver drowning prevention projects in their home countries. Click on a country to see how we’re working together:

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence (BFSCD)

Centre for Injury Prevention and Research - Bangladesh (CIPRB)

Ghana

Felix Foundation

Greece

Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT)

Tanzania

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)

Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU)

The Panje Project

Tanzanzia Sea Rescue (TSR)

Two Felix Foundation members in a classroom

Photo: RNLI

The Felix Foundation train schoolteachers in Ghana how to deliver water safety messages

We would like to thank everyone who gives valuable support to the RNLI’s lifesaving work overseas. We’re grateful for significant donations from:

Find out more about on how we fund our international work.

Children learning water safety messages on the beach in Zanzibar

Photo: RNLI/Mike Lavis

Children learning water safety skills with The Panje Project in Nungwi, Zanzibar

How does the RNLI select who to work with?

Before any partnership begins, we carry out a thorough assessment appropriate to the size of the project. We consider things such as:

  • what financial controls are in place
  • capacity to carry out the planned project
  • experience of delivering similar activities
  • existing relationships with government, health or community groups that could help the project be more effective.

Interested in working with us?

We’re keen to hear from other organisations committed to reducing drowning. Please email international@rnli.org.uk and one of the team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.