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At least 360,000 people drown every year, making this a killer that affects every country to some degree.
Firefighters in Bangladesh look at a map during flood rescue training

Photo: Mike Lavis

But when just 25 countries share 80% of the world’s drowning burden, it’s important to direct our attention and resources where we can help the most.

As well as the countries featured here, the RNLI works with many more nations through the UN and other networks, raising awareness and commitment to tackle the issue globally. And the community of likeminded organisations at enddrowning.org ensures that people can share ideas, experience and resources on drowning prevention, wherever they are based.

Choose a country below to see how we’re supporting organisations that save lives there or find out how we choose our partners.

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