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The conference was presented by the International Life Saving Federation (ILS), Royal Life Saving Society – Australia in collaboration with The Alliance for Safe Children 

International Life Saving Federation (ILS) 

International Life Saving Federation

The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) is a global, non-profit federation of over 100 national lifesaving organisations. The Federation leads the worldwide effort to reduce the global burden of drowning. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international oganisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport.

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA)

Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

RLSSA has a proud history of lifesaving, water safety and drowning prevention in Australia. Established in 1894, Royal Life Saving has a strong commitment to reducing drowning through advocacy, education, training, research, health promotion, aquatic risk management and community and sport development. RLSSA also has an international commitment to drowning prevention in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC)


TASC was formed in 2002 to research and advocate child injury issues across Asia. TASC’s research and capacity development activities in Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Indonesia and Cambodia highlight the need for action to prevent drowning.


Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA)

The Vietnamese Government was proud to support the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 through the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA). MoLISA oversees the areas of employment, vocational training, labour, salary, social insurance, occupational safety, social protection,child protection, gender equality across the country of Vietnam. MoLISA holds the current chair of the Vietnamese Government’s Child Drowning PreventionPanel and is active in working with key stakeholders to identify and address key drowning issues. 

Danang People's Committee
Danang People
Vietnam is one of the countries having a high child drowning rate in the Asian region. As shown by statistics, drowning is a leading cause of death for Vietnamese children. This is an increasing trend in the community, contributed by many reasons such as unsafe environment, insufficent awareness by local people, loose supervision of children by adults, and lack of swimming skills of children.

Da Nang is a coastal city which has a lot of rivers and springs with a high number of people living along these water sources. It can be said that the geography of Da Nang is an advantage for the socio-economic development of the city. However, it raises issues of water safety and child drowning prevention, especially child drowning mortality in rainy and stormy seasons. With the support from RLSSA and TASC, Da Nang City has implemented SwimSafe, a swimming training program for children at schools. Da Nang has received positive outputs from this program with about 10,000 children trained in survival swimming and water safety in just 2 years.

United Nations - Viet Nam

United Nations Viet Nam

The United Nations in Viet Nam was proud to support this important injury prevention conference, to be organised for the first time in a low and midle income country. In Viet Nam, United Nations' support to the Government on drowning prevention is primarily done through the work of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), working collaboratively with relevant national agencies to advocate for and provide technical assistance to the implementation of evidence based good practice. With supporting the conference the United Nations hoped to highlight issues related to both the burden as well as key actions for drowning prevention in Viet Nam.



The Australian Government supported 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 has also supported the SwimSafe program in Danang, and the International Drowning Research Centre – Bangladesh.




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AUSTSWIM as the national organisation for the teachers of swimming and water safety is setting the national standard for the training and licencing of AUSTSWIM teachers. AUSTSWIM was established over 30 years ago as a result of national and state based aquatics organisations identifying the need to have a national body to oversee the training and accreditation of swimming and water safety teachers. Since its inception over 30 years ago, AUSTSWIM has continued to grow and adapt to the changing needs of the aquatic industry and the wider community. 

Maatschappij tot Redding van Drenkelingen (Society for the Rescue of Drowning Victims)   

Maatschappij tot Redding van Drenkelingen (MRD) was founded in 1767 to promote all forms of enterprise that might help to lower the incidence of drowning in the Netherlands.

Commonwealth Lifesaving 

Commonwealth Lifesaving
The Royal Life Saving Society is dedicated to the prevention of drowning and is working to eliminate drowning in the Commonwealth. Established in 1891, Commonwealth Lifesaving is the oldest established international lifesaving and drowning prevention organisation and is one of the oldest civil society organisations committed to the Commonwealth.



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.  

The Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)  


The Council for Australian-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.

Vietnam Scholarship Partners  

Cooper Foundation

Cooper Foundation

The Cooper Foundation has contributed funds to the Vietnamese scholarship program.

IDP (Vietnam)  


IDP Education is a world class educational organisation founded by 38 Australian universities in 1969 with a network of 75 offices in 29 countries around the world. IDP Education represents more than 600 educational institutions at all levels and is officially registered with the Australian Government. 

Meinhardt (Vietnam)


Meinhardt (Vietnam) Ltd, as part of the Meinhardt Group, has operated in Vietnam since 1995 with its head office in Ho Chi Minh City and representative offices in Hanoi and Danang. MVN is an engineering consultant specialising in providing world-class skill and local knowledge for the following services: Master Planning and Feasibilities, Structural, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Designs, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Designs, Project Management, Construction Management & Supervision and Quantity Surveying for many types of projects of substantial value nationwide.  With support from more than 300 experienced expatriate and local staff, Meinhardt (Vietnam) Ltd. always delivers optimum solutions to Clients.  

Furama Resort  

Furama Resort Danang
The Furama Resort Danang is a true icon of Vietnam tourism located on world-famous Da Nang Beach. Furama Resort Danang has subsidised ten local participants to attend the conference. 

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