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ISSUE 11 - Conference Newsletter - 29 July 2011
Conference Thank You, Conference Presentations, Conference Awards, Interviews, Media, Photo Gallery, Conference Legacy Poster, Conference Evaluation, Global Drowning Platform, Conference Partners, Save the Date - WCDP2013, Next Newsletter
Australian volunteers take the stage at World Conference on Drowning Prevention
Four Australians volunteering in South East Asia will help highlight the epidemic of drowning deaths in developing countries at an international conference being co-sponsored by Australia in Vietnam this week.
Study spells end to Asian child drowning epidemic
DANANG, WEDNESDAY: Key research released today at the International Life Saving Federation’s World Conference on Drowning Prevention could dramatically reduce the child drowning epidemic in Asia if necessary interventions are scaled up.
50 Countries Commit to Child Drowning Prevention
DANANG, TUESDAY: Over 400 experts from 50 countries have joined together to tackle the epidemic of child drowning in Asia where it is believed that approximately 300,000 children drown every year.
Issue 10 – Conference Newsletter – 15 April 2011
Program Complete, Registrations Closing, Creation of Conference Statement, Charity Golf Day,
Issue 9 – Conference Newsletter – 30 March 2011
In this issue: Important Travel Info, Accommodation Update, AUSTSWIM, Water Safety
Child Drowning in Low and Middle Income Countries
The growing awareness of the child drowning epidemic in Asia has led many to focus their attention on providing much-needed research into this major public health issue.
Research highlights role of supervision in child drowning
Research by Lauren Petrass and co-authors, has found that a lack of adequate supervision was a contributing factor in more than 70% of child drowning deaths.
Issue 8 – Conference Newsletter – 8 March 2011
IN THIS ISSUE: New Keynote Announced, Emergency Response and Medical theme, Interactive Tours – Lifeguarding, Partner's Program and Local Tours
Issue 7 - Conference Newsletter - 28 February 2011
Program and Registration, Spotlight - Activities and Occupations, Ambassador Profile, Accommodation - Special Rates Ending Soon, Interactive Tour - Traditional Fishing, Delegate Feature - The Children's Medical Centre Texas.
Program and Registration Brochure Released
Details the: conference themes (including sample papers), interactive tours, accommodation, sponsorship and advertising, registration and a summary of the conference program.
Issue 6 - Conference Newsletter 15 February 2011
Themes-in-Focus Spotlight, Opening Day – Tuesday 10 May 2011, Awards, Interactive Tours Thursday 12 May - Cycle Tour: Water Hazards and Risk in rural Asia, Green Plaza Hotel Danang
New Zealand's under-5's drowning toll already at six
Six preschoolers have drowned so far this year - equalling the total for 2010 - and water safety campaigners say it is a shocking start to the year
Issue 5 - Conference Newsletter - 31 January 2011
Child Drowning Reduction Workshop Held in Vietnam, Safe Water Travel during Tet, Trade Exhibition Opportunities, Accommodation - Gold Coast Hotel, Vietnamese Cuisine
Child Drowning Reduction Workshop Held In Vietnam
Representatives of the 15 Vietnamese Provinces with the highest rates of child drowning met on the 18th January 2011 in Hanoi to discuss drowning prevention.
Flooding in Australia highlights drowning burden
The extreme weather events in recent days in Queensland, an eastern state of Australia, highlight the risks to life and property of major flooding events.
Issue 4 - Conference Newsletter - 10 January 2011
IN THIS ISSUE: Early Bird Registration Extended; Developing Countries Scholarship Fund; The Furama Resort; Interactive Tours; Restaurant - Apsara.
Indigenous Guam Fishermen Drowning Risk Doubles
For fishermen on Guam who have traditionally fished inshore, a major concern is the loss of accessible fishing grounds.
Refugee Drowning Deaths
Two tragic incidents in the last month have highlighted the issue of refugee drowning deaths, with at least 89 people drowning whilst seeking refuge in a new country.
Early Bird Registration Extended
Due to demand and the Christmas–New Year holiday period, the conference organisers have extended the Early Bird Registration period until 21 January 2011.
Issue 3 - Conference Newsletter - 27 December 2010
IN THIS ISSUE: Second Keynote Announced, AMI Scholarships, Early Bird Rego Closing, Presenters to Confirm Acceptance, Restaurant Guide, Vietnamese Dictionary
Canada, Dominican Republic Work to Save Lives
Canadian instructors from Royal Life Saving Nova Scotia have been working to deliver aquatic safety training to resort workers and police officers in the Dominican Republic.
Issue 2 - Conference Newsletter - 16 December 2010
IN THIS ISSUE: First Keynote Announced; Second Call Closed; Early Bird Rego Closing 31 December 2010; Sponsorship and trade places available; Reserve your accommodation now!
Nations to fight "epidemic" of child drowning in Asia
Child deaths by drowning have reached the proportion of an epidemic in Asia, with nearly 20,000 boys and girls dying in water each year in Bangladesh alone.
Accommodation now available
Exotissimo Travel Vietnam have been appointed as the official conference travel provider for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011.
15 people drown as boat capsizes in Lake Victoria
15 people drowned after a boat capsized in Lake Victoria, about 30 km from Mbita Town.
Second Call for Abstracts Now Open
The organisers of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 (WCDP2011) announce the Second Call for Abstracts in High Priority Areas from 1 November to 30 November 2010.
Tsunami, Flooding, Storm Surges kill 635 across Asia
The International Life Saving Federation is closely monitoring a series of significant disaster events that have occurred across Asia in the past month.
Issue 1 - Conference Newsletter - 22 October 2010
In this issue: Abstract Update; Second Call; Registrations Now Open; Conference Travel Partner
Bus deaths push Vietnam flood toll to 59
The death toll from flooding in Vietnam climbed to 59 on Tuesday after police said 18 passengers, whose bus was swept away, are presumed dead.
Bangladeshi program to combat drowning deaths
The boy's arms flailed above the water, and his head bobbed up and down. On the shore, several screaming children waved and pointed.
Cambodian PM Hun Sen says be wary of flood dangers
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on all Cambodians to be aware of the dangers of nationwide floods.
Thirty killed in Myanmar boat accident, many missing
Yangon: At least 30 people were killed and about two dozen are missing after a ferry carrying mostly students and teachers capsized.
10 drown as boat capsizes
SUKKUR: Ten members of a family drowned and two survived when a boat carrying 12 people overturned in the Nara Canal in Pakistan on Wednesday afternoon.
Uganda: Two pupils drown in school pond
Grief and fear engulfed Bwanga Boarding Primary School in Rukungiri district on Sunday afternoon when two pupils drowned in the school pond.
Vietnam flood death toll 49: officials
The death toll from floods that devastated central Vietnam in recent days has jumped to 49, disaster officials said Wednesday.
Ghana: Four children drown on the way to school
Four schoolchildren from Kasana, a farming community near Wenchi, who were crossing River Tain to attend school on Tuesday drowned when their canoe capsized.
Ganesh immersions turn tragic; 25 drown
Ganesh idol immersion turned tragic on Monday as at least 25 revellers died in various parts of the state.
Drowning and the UN Millennium Development Goals
In New York this week, world leaders, United Nations (UN) agencies and large scale donors, will meet at the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit.
Brazil boat capsizes, 10 kids drown
A small, overloaded ferry boat capsized in a remote area of northeastern Brazil and police said on Monday that 10 children died and one more remained missing.
10 Vietnamese safe after two days at sea
Ten Vietnamese fishermen have been rescued after floating in rough seas in tiny traditional basket boats for two days after a tropical storm sank their fishing trawler
Abstract Submissions Close - Saturday 21 August 2010
Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the conference program. Four events in recent weeks serve to focus attention on preventing drowning globally.
Congo boats capsize, 70 people dead
Two boat capsizes in one weekend have left 70 people dead and 200 others feared dead.
Deadline Extended - Abstracts Close 21 August 2010
Abstracts are to be submitted online by 21 August 2010 (Extended from 31 July 2010). Don't miss out on the opportunity to take part in the conference program.
Boating trip prank turns deadly
Four men have drowned in a US reservoir, after a prank turned deadly during a weekend boating trip.
ILS acknowledges World Indigenous Day
The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) acknowledges the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (August 9).
ILS welcomes Drowning Research Centre - Bangladesh
Drowning is the leading killer of children under 18 in Bangladesh. In response to this the International Drowning Research Centre - Bangladesh (IDRC-B) has been established.
ILS Response to Flooding in Pakistan
The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) expresses its sincerest condolences to the people of Pakistan who have been affected by the nation’s worst flooding since 1929.
18 Tanzanian children drown in Lake Victoria accident
Eighteen Tanzanian school children drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on Lake Victoria, the third such disaster in the region in a month, a top local official said.
Six teens drown in US river
Six teenagers in the United States wading in the shallows of a Louisiana river have drowned in front of their horrified families after falling into deep water.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the program for the WCDP2011.
Drowning risk greater for immigrants
New Canadians face a significantly higher risk of drowning as immigrants are four times more likely to be unable to swim than native-born Canadians.
50 Feared Drowned as Ferry Capsizes in Uganda
More than 50 persons are reported missing--possibly drowned--when a ferry carrying 60 passengers capsized Wednesday on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria.
Drunk Russians take fatal plunge to dodge heat
Dozens of Russians, are drowning daily as they stream to water to escape the record-setting scorching heat, a senior emergencies ministry official said on Wednesday.
Article highlights the dangers of ‘Tombstoning’
An article published in a recent edition of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) newsletter has highlighted the dangerous activity of tombstoning.
Email Newsletter - Abstracts Now Open
There are many ways you can be involved in the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011.
AAP update guidance on drowning prevention
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a revised policy statement on the prevention of drowning.
Research advocates floating first to prevent drowning
Recent research has found that floating first, rather than attempting to swim or wave for help, is a more effective drowning prevention measure for those who fall into water.
Inspections aim to reduce drowning in Ho Chi Minh City
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has a new plan to prevent drowning accidents in their city.
Recent study into flood fatalities in Australia published
Floods account for approximately 40-50% of all disasters and disaster-related deaths worldwide. In Australia, flooding causes more loss of life than any other type of disaster.
Article on bystander treatment of drowning victims
A recent article published in the journal ‘Resuscitation’ has examined the role of bystanders in the survival of drowning victims.
New Conference Themes Added
Two new conference themes have been added to the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 program, bringing the total number of conference themes to ten.
Call for Abstracts Now Open
The call for abstracts for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 is now open.
Survival Swimming Policy proposed in Vietnam
Organisers of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 are excited to learn of the recently announced policy to teach primary school students to swim in Vietnam.
Atlantic Storm sees 45 people drown in France
Western Europe was lashed by hurricane force winds, surging seas and driving rain on Sunday, February 28 resulting in the deaths of 53 people.
Tsunami warning prompts action across the Pacific
Tsunami warnings were called across the Pacific following the massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of central Chile on Saturday 27 February.
First call for abstracts now opens March 15
Due to delays in setting up the online abstract processing system, the opening date for abstracts has been moved from 01 March to 15 March 2010.
WHO grants ILS Official Relations status
The WHO has recognised the ILS's long history of work and expertise in global drowning prevention by granting the ILS Official Relations status.
Woman sues university after husband's death
A woman is suing the National University of Singapore (NUS) claiming the university was negligent after her husband drowned in a swimming pool on campus.
Australian Government Support for drowning research
An International Drowning Research Centre will be established in Bangladesh, as part of a partnership to tackle drowning in Asia.
Drowning risk and religious festivals in Asia
With Chinese New Year and the Tet festival in Vietnam fast approaching, it is worth looking at whether the risk of drowning increases during religious festivals in Asia.
Eight drown in two accidents in Vietnam
Two separate incidents in Vietnam over the weekend have resulted in the drowning deaths of eight people.
Latest research published in MJA
Research published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia has found that on average, 290 people die from drowning in Australia each year.
Spotlight on Dragon Boat Drowning Deaths
Six people have drowned after a high school dragon boat training exercise in Malaysia went horribly wrong on January 17, 2010.
2010 - The centenary of International Life Saving
ILS celebrates 100 years in 2010. Dr Steve Beerman, ILS President delivers a new year message that calls for urgent action to reduce the global burden of drowning.
Texting Lifeguard Misses Drowning Victim
THE family of a 10-year-old who drowned in a swimming pool have welcomed a recommendation banning lifeguards from using mobile phones while on duty.
Survivor of ferry disaster speaks of loss
A father who lost his two young sons and a pregnant wife in this weekend’s ferry capsizing described on Tuesday his desperate attempts to save his family...
International Day for Disaster Reduction
October 14 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. With a number of our Asia and Pacific friends and neighbours currently devastated by natural disasters...
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