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Global Health Director: More than 230,000 children die every year due to drowning


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organization, stressed the importance of addressing the issue of drowning children, stating that there are more than 230,000 children who drown their deaths every year between the ages of 5 and 14 years, stressing that the issue of drowning children is a tragedy for every family and society. his mom.


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organization, said on his Twitter account: “More than 230,000 people die every year due to drowning, which is among the top 10 leading causes of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Every death is a tragedy. For a family, a community and a nation, the United Nations General Assembly resolution is an important step towards a safer, fairer and healthier world.

 


On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted its first-ever resolution on drowning and set July 25 of each year as the International Day for the Prevention of Drowning.


 

The resolution encourages all member states of the United Nations, on a voluntary basis, to allocate a national point of contact for the prevention of drowning, to develop a national plan for the prevention of drowning, to develop programs for the prevention of drowning in line with the interventions recommended by the World Health Organization, and to ensure the age and effective enforcement of safety laws Water.


It also encourages all UN member states to include drowning in civil registration records and vital statistics, compile all drowning death data into national estimates, enhance public awareness of drowning prevention and behavior change campaigns, and strengthen the integration of drowning prevention into existing disaster risk reduction programs. .



It also encourages all UN member states to support international cooperation by sharing lessons learned, experiences and best practices, promoting research and development of innovative anti-drowning tools and technology, promoting capacity building through international cooperation, and considering introducing water safety, swimming and first aid lessons as part of the curriculum. Schoolwork.


The resolution calls on the World Health Organization to assist Member States, upon their request, in efforts to prevent drowning and coordinate actions within the United Nations system among the relevant United Nations entities.

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