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DROWNING – THE 3rd LARGEST KILLER

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) we are faced with the following reality, but most of us are unaware of the same.

Far too many people around the world know the pain of losing a loved one to drowning.

KEY FACTS

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

2.    There are an estimated 3,60,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide. More than half of these deaths are among those younger than 25 and over 90% of them in low- and middle income countries.

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

4.    low- and middle-income countries account for over 90% of unintentional drowning deaths;

5.    Several studies reveal information that the cost impact of drowning is very high.

Despite these tragic facts, drowning prevention gets relatively little attention and few resources.

WHO released the Global report on drowning in November 2014. This was the first time WHO had developed a report dedicated exclusively to drowning. The report pointed out that drowning has been highly overlooked to date, and that a great deal more should be done by governments and the research and policy communities to prioritize drowning prevention and its integration with other public health agendas.

Thus, there is a lot more that we can do to prevent drowning.

Global commitments made as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, for example, cannot be met as long as this preventable cause of death is left largely unchecked.

All of us – policymakers, parents, teachers, media, non-profit organizations, businesses and concerned citizens – can help prevent drowning.

REFERENCE:

o   http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs347/en/

o   Preventing drowning: an implementation guide.

o  Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

3 things to be understood, if we have to do something positive

o   Our duty as citizens does not get fulfilled merely by declaring the victims of accidents as culprits.

o   We have to explore the root cause of such incidents – which varies under different circumstances

o   The people must come together to make the drowning prevention initiatives really effective.

How this change will impact

BY DECLARING THE NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION DAY:

1.     The government will draft specific policy, plans, provide budget and implement strategy for drowning prevention.

2.     Children, youth and other stakeholders will get an opportunity to come together and mobilize the idea of drowning prevention in particular and public safety in general.

3.     People at large and other concerned institutions of education, training, sports, youth welfare, child rights, disaster management etc. will be able to plan their yearly calendar and organize effective programs for awareness, sensitization, infrastructure improvement etc., year after year.

WHY WE CARE

·                ‘Mandar-And-No-More’ Mission is dedicated to the cause of drowning prevention, initiated in memory of Mandar Vedghoshe.

·                This young boy of 16 lost his life on 21-March-2015 due to a drowning accident in Kerwa water-body in Bhopal.

·                As a real tribute to the departed soul, the parents, family and friends resolved to make this water-body safer for visitors – and thus the mission Mandar-And-No-More started.

WHAT Mandar-And-No-More MISSION HAS DONE SO FAR (since March 2015)

1.     The water-body called “Maut Ka Kuan” (=The Well of Death) at Kerwa, Bhopal, has become largely risk free, owing to the filling of boulders in uneven depths. No accident or drowning case occurred since March 2015. This we believe is the biggest outcome of the initiative – and tribute to the victims of drowning.

2.     Mobile phone connectivity is improved due to the installation of ‘Mandar Tower’ by BSNL, which was inaugurated by Hon. Speaker of Loksabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan.This will be further strengthened by sharing this tower with other service providers. Efforts in this direction are on.

3.      The police station has been renovated and now there is better presence of police.

4.      Several organisations like Rotary Club East Bhopal, Rotary International District 3040, Inner Wheel District 304, The Bhopal Management Association etc. have committed to join this mission and hence awareness has increased. They have agreed to observe 21st March each year as the MANM Pledge Day.

5.      Beta Version of MANM Mobile App is ready and work on the final version is in progress. This app will help create database and inform people about dangerous water-bodies.

6.      A Drowning Prevention Community Portal has been developed (www.manm.in which is expanding the network of volunteers and to enable compilation of valuable information, data and ideas to curb loss of lives.

7.      The mission has been taken to a large number of people and groups. “The Way Forward” for MANM Mission was structured as a comprehensive 3-fold approach to address the objectives of the mission.

8.      Mr. U.K. Senthil Kumar, renowned Director of Photography of South Indian Film Industry and the man behind 3-D hologram technology in India, is associated. He visited Bhopal for making a short film and documentary on the subject. (The shooting then was postponed due to movement of tigers in that area).

9.      The song “Waqt” created by Mandar’s friends was released, which is serving as a great sensitizer, with nearly 9K views! (https://youtu.be/odOMbLIp1eM

10.    The C2C (Converse to Converge) Campaign was launched, by RJ Pihu of MyFM which is helping people make this issue a everyday topic for discussion and food for thought.

11.    Drowning Prevention Day 5th- October, in 2017 was observed in several places all over India. The official program of MANM Mission was held in Indore. The main participants included the District Governor of Rotary International, the District Governor of Lion’s International, officials from Jan Abhiyan Parishad, Sports persons, Swimming Trainers, several other dignitaries and citizens from Madhya Pradesh, India.

 



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