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Fund drowning prevention programs.

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Dear Dr. Chan and Mr. Zuckerberg,

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter and thank you for celebrating her birth with your generous gift to the world. We in the global drowning prevention field would like to respectfully request that drowning be one of the targeted causes of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Drowning has recently been identified by both the World Health Organization and UNICEF as a hidden global epidemic and leading killer of children. Just as Facebook cuts across geographic, socio-economic, and cultural lines globally, so does drowning. Unfortunately, children and those with the fewest resources are most at risk.

With your help, drowning could be virtually eradicated. Just as guinea worm has been almost eradicated through education and change in behavior, so too can drowning be drastically reduced through cost-effective education and change in behavior.

With your help, all the world’s children could learn the skills to successfully navigate the water that covers 70% of the Earth’s surface.

With your help, one of the leading causes of death and injury for children could be transformed into skills that also improve health, physical coordination, and school performance.

With your help, we could end a global epidemic in one generation. As water safety skills become internalized and sustainable, they will be passed down from one generation to the next, permanently reducing injuries and death by drowning.

Please, we need your help.


The Global Drowning Prevention Community

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