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"Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/ immersion in liquid" - WHO




Latest news:

October 17

European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines Oct 15, 2015

October 12

BASS Child Drowning Prevention Project Documentary Video

July 27, 2015 

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015

Penang, Malaysia

Nov 21, 2014

Lancet Editorial - Drowning: a largely preventable cause of death

Nov 18, 2014

WHO Global Report on Drowning Video

WHO Global Report on Drowning

WHO Global Report on Drowning - Exec Summary and Infographics in Arabic, English, French, Russian & Spanish

Sept 9, 2014

Informing Policy on Open Water Drowning Prevention

Ethnic Differences in Canadian Drowning

Effectiveness of Regulation/Policy on PFDs

July 20, 2014

June 26, 2014

New BASS Research Video from Shaw BC

June 8, 2014

The New Nation: "18,000 Children Die of Drowning Every Year"

June 4, 2014

Island Health - Nanaimo doctor targets tragic toll of childhood drowning deaths in Bangladesh

May 31, 2014

Grand Challenge Canada / UBC's  Bangladesh Anchal and SwimSafe (BASS) Child Drowning Prevention Research officially launched in Dhaka.


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Research drowning prevention interventions.

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The Research Project:

Bangladesh Anchal and Survival Swimming (BASS)  Child Drowning Prevention Research;

This project is funded by a grant from the Government of Canada, via the Grand Challenge Canada, Stars in Global Health, Bold Ideas for Humanity.  Phase 1 of this project will occur in 2014, in the Dhangora union of Raiganj upazila, a rural area of Bangladesh.

There will be four activities in this study:

1) 1000 children in anchals (daycares). They attend from 9am-1pm 6 days/week.

2) 1000 children who complete survival swim training (SwimSafe).

3) 100 children who complete first response training.

4) The use of a pre-established surveillance system to track the trends of drowning and various child injuries over time within the Dhangora union of Raiganj Upzazilla of Sirajganj district.

 Principle Investigator:

Dr Stephen B Beerman MD, CCFP
Site Director - Nanaimo
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

This Bangladesh Anchal and Swimsafe Child Drowning Prevention Research  is supported by Grand Challenges Canada.

Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health.