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World Drowning Prevention Day Collage


To mark the third annual World Drowning Prevention Day, the DEEP Team called for photos of favourite local waterways, activities involving water and most picturesque photos taken of water to create a collage for our network of practitioners, researchers and policy makers.


We hoped to create awareness for the importance of water in our lives as a memory, a moment, a destination - simply a collection of photos that would remind people of the power of water.

DEEP Team Welcomes World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution on Accelerated Action on Global Drowning Prevention

Worldwide, drowning claims the lives of over 236,000 people each year, with children, young people and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged being most at risk. We are pleased to see the WHA Resolution - supported by the 192 WHO Member States, calling for accelerated action and increased investment in drowning prevention efforts. This resolution signifies a vital step towards prioritising and implementing effective strategies to prevent drowning and reduce its impact on communities globally.

“By emphasising the need for comprehensive national water safety plans, stronger public awareness campaigns, and increased access to swimming and water safety education, this resolution acknowledges the multi-faceted nature of drowning prevention across the life course.”

– Associate Professor Justine E. Leavy

DEEP has a commitment to raising awareness around water safety and drowning prevention. We believe that everyone, regardless of age or location, deserves the opportunity to learn essential water safety skills and have access to safe aquatic environments. This resolution aligns with our goals, and we are ready to support its implementation through our ongoing research, policy and partnerships.

“Our mission is to build drowning prevention and water safety research and evaluation capacity and support an evidence-informed, public health approach to prevent drowning. Through collaboration with partners and stakeholders, we strive to develop and disseminate knowledge that will inform effective interventions and policies.”

– Dr Gemma Crawford

As a research team focused on drowning prevention, we recognise the power of collaboration and partnerships in driving change. We encourage governments, non-government organisations, and communities to work together to implement the recommendations outlined in the WHA Resolution. Together, we can make significant progress in reducing drowning rates and ensuring safer water environments for all.

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