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Developing Countries Scholarship Fund

Developing Countries Scholarship Fund

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 organisers established the Developing Countries Scholarship Fund as a strategy to ensure that the conference was accessible to those in greatest need but without the resources required to attend an international conference of this type. Contributions to the fund assisted in areas such as subsidising registration, travel and accommodation. Organisations that contributed to the fund and scholarship recipients are listed below.

AusAID

The Australian Government was proud to support the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 via the Australian Agency for Development Assistance (AusAID) and the Australian Embassy Vietnam. The Australian Government recognises the emergence of drowning as a public health issue impacting on communities and countries across Asia, and is encouraging of efforts to increase awareness, collaboration and to support an evidenced-based approach to prevention strategies. It also recognises the key role of Australian organisations in supporting countries in the region to build their policies and capacity to address drowning. The Australian Government is also supporting the SwimSafe program in Danang and the International Drowning Research Centre – Bangladesh.

Scholarship recipients: International Seminar Support Scheme (ISSS)

  • Mr. Larry Joie S. Alag, Secretary General, Philippine Life Saving Society, Philippines
  • Mr. Austin Andemani, Secretary, Royal Life Saving Society – Uganda, Uganda
  • Dr. Juanita Basilio, Medical Officer, National Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Department of Health, Philippines
  • Mr. Nicholas Bulamile, Senior Officer for Sport, Tanzanian Ministry of Culture, Tanzania
  • Mr. Sodara Chan, Deputy Chief, Technical Office, National Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Cambodia
  • Mr. Jerome Dralega, President, Royal Life Saving Society – Uganda, Uganda
  • Miss Som Ekchaloemkiet, Public Health Technical Officer, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  • Mrs. Suchada Gerdmongkolgan, Public Health Technical Officer, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  • Mr. Pradipta Ghosal, Vice President and National Trustee Member, Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India), India
  • Dr. Gopalkrishna Gururaj, Professor and Head of Department of Epidemiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, India
  • Mr. Job Kania, President, Kenyan Life Saving Federation, Kenya
  • Mr. Stewart Kiluswa, Advisor Tanzania Life Saving Society & Tanzania Scouts Organisation, Tanzania
  • Dr. Soewarta Kosen, Director, Centre for Health Services and Technological Research and Development, Ministry of Health, Indonesia
  • Dr. Huan Linnan, Public Health Professional, Child Injury Prevention Advisor, China
  • Mr. Boniface Mutatina, Researcher, Injury Control Centre Uganda (UCC), Uganda
  • Mr. Collins Mwesigye, National Program Officer (Focal Person Injury Prevention), World Health Organisation (WHO), Uganda
  • Mr. Jose Arne Aguila Navarra, President, Philippine Life Saving, Philippines
  • Mr. Puspa Raj Pant, PHD Student, University of West England, Nepal
  • Ms. Rashida Parveen, Programme Manager (Adolescent Development Programme), BRAC, Bangadesh
  • Dr. Phisith Phoutsavath, Chief, Hospital Management Division, Department of Health Care, Ministry of Health, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Dr. Aminur Rahman, Director, International Drowning Research Centre – Bangladesh & Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB)
  • Dr. Mizanur Rahman Arif, Deputy Programme Manager (Hospital Logistics), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Mr. Asad Rezzvi, Member, Pakistan Aquatic Life Saving (PALS), Pakistan
  • Mr. Reza Samad, President, Pakistan Aquatic Life Saving (PALS), Pakistan
  • Mr. Purushottam Sharma, President, Rashtriya Life Saving Society, India
  • Associate Professor Dr. Ratana Somrongthong, Associate Dean, College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Major General Adisak Suvanprakorn, Assistant Secretary, Thai Life Saving Society (TLSS), Thailand
  • Dr. Jacqueline Uriyo, Paediatrician, Epidemiologist and Researcher, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania

Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI)

The Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI) was established in 2005 to strengthen people-to-people and institutional links with Malaysia and to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and Malaysia. The AMI has contributed funds to allow people from Malaysia to attend the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 to assist in strengthening the drowning prevention response in the country.

Scholarship Recipients: Australia Malaysia Institute (AMI)

  • Dr. Zaid Chelvaraj Abdullah MD, Deputy President, Life Saving Society Malaysia
  • Mr. Kwai Fong Chan, Vice President, Life Saving Society Malaysia
  • Mr. Ooi Win Juat, Executive Committee Member, Life Saving Society Malaysia
  • Mr. Lee Soon Keong, Member, Life Saving Society Malaysia
  • Ms. Chan Ngee Mun, Member, Life Saving Society Malaysia
  • Mr. Geh Thuan Tek, Honorary Secretary, Life Saving Society Malaysia
  • Mr. Lim Kok Wey, Executive Committee Member, Life Saving Society Malaysia

Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)

The Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR) was established by the Australian Government in January 2003, as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australia and Arab countries. The CAAR has contributed funds to allow people from Arab countries to attend the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011. The aim of these scholarships are to strengthen skills and knowledge in drowning prevention research and practice within Arab nations.

Scholarship recipients: Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)

  • Dr. Hesham El-Sayed, Professor of Paediatrics and Member of Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Suez Canal University, Egypt
  • Dr. Haya Hamade, Paediatrician, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr. Emad Hokkam, Lecturer of Surgery, Suez Canal University, Egypt
  • Mr. Tilal Salih, Projects Delivery Manager, British Council, Sudan
  • Captain Yahya Hussain Mohammed Yahya, Head of Dubai Sea Rescue, Dubai Police Rescue Department

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia

The Royal Life Saving Society – Australia has a proud history of lifesaving, water safety and drowning prevention in Australia. Royal Life Saving also has an international commitment to drowning prevention in the Asia- Pacific region and is co-presenter of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011. Royal Life Saving Society – Australia contributed additional funds to many individuals where scholarships were unavailable. These contributions assisted with travel, accommodation and registrations.

Scholarship recipients: Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA)

  • Mr. Justin Bakinga, President, Royal Life Saving Society Cameroon, Cameroon
  • Dr. Wijaya Godakubura, President, Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Georgious Marios Karagiannis, Researcher, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
  • Mrs. Padma Karunaratne, Head of the Resilient Cities and Urban Disaster Risk Management Department, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Thailand
  • Mrs. Orapin Laosee, Student, College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Dr. Harihar Wasti, Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal 
  • Philippine Life Saving Society Conference Party.
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