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 Fatal drowning among children

.Drowning

is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths

/There are an estimated 360 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide

.Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning

.Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning

/Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid; outcomes are classified as death, morbidity and no morbidity

In 2015, an estimated 360 000 people died from drowning, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide. In 2015, injuries accounted for over 9% of total global mortality. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.

.over half of the world’s drowning occurs in the WHO Western Pacific Region and WHO South-East Asia Region

drowning death rates are highest in the WHO African Region, and are 15-20 times higher than those seen in Germany or the United Kingdom. respectively

Despite limited data, several studies reveal information on the cost impact of drowning. In the United States of America, 45% of drowning deaths are among the most economically active segment of the population. Coastal drowning in the United States alone accounts for US$ 273 million each year in direct and indirect costs. In Australia and Canada, the total annual cost of drowning injury is US$ 85.5 million and US$ 173 million respectively

There is a wide range of uncertainty around the estimate of global drowning deaths. Official data categorization methods for drowning exclude intentional drowning deaths (suicide or homicide) and drowning deaths caused by flood disasters and water transport incidents.

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