World Conference on Drowning Prevention
10–13 May 2011, Danang, Vietnam
On 10–13 May 2011, 435 of the world's leading aquatic industry, lifesaving and drowning research experts came to Danang, Vietnam to attend and participate in the International Life Saving Federation's World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011. The conference had one specific aim: to focus world attention on the global burden of drowning, and especially on the epidemic of drowning deaths in developing countries.
The 435 delegates, who represented 52 countries, had an additional purpose – to build a global platform to reduce drowning. This platform – a significant legacy of the conference – will offer guidance to governments, NGOs and the lifesaving and aquatic industries sector, highlight areas for needed research and form the basis of collaboration, as various agencies, organisations and individuals move towards a world free from drowning.The World Conference on Drowning Prevention was held with the support of the Vietnamese Government’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The conference was presented by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia in collaboration with The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC).