International Drowning Prevention

 

372,000 people die from drowning around the world every year, which is 40 every hour.

Drowning is a highly preventable public health issue, and RLSS UK is committed to working with international partners to reduce worldwide drowning.

You can help our efforts to reduce drowning by donating to our International projects or to MOAS (migrant drowning rescue).

To contribute to the reduction of global drownings RLSS UK staff and volunteers serve on the commissions of the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) and the International Lifesaving Federation Europe (ILSE). For more information about the work of these Federations please click here: ILS, ILSE

The Royal Life Saving Society – Commonwealth Drowning Prevention is working to eliminate drowning in the Commonwealth. With active Member Branches in 27 Commonwealth Nations, RLSS Commonwealth aims to reduce the incidence of drowning around the world by developing community-based drowning prevention strategies and lifesaving education programmes, and providing advice and education to Governments, NGOs and individuals on the development of water skills. Click here for more information.

The Migrant Drowning Crisis

It is estimated by the IOM that at least 7,927 migrants died or went missing during 2016, with drowning being a significant cause (see live figures for this year here).

Since being established, MOAS has rescued over 30,000 people from the world’s deadliest maritime migration routes. To support MOAS in it’s work to save migrants from drowning, click here to make a donation.

RLSS UK Supported International Projects

RLSS UK is sponsoring an African drowning prevention volunteer/worker to attend the World Conference on Drowning Prevention and RLSS Commonwealth Emerging Leaders Programme in October 2017. The Society will also provide ongoing support for their work in Africa. More details available soon.