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Add drowning to Millennium Development Goal #4, Reduce Child Mortality

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One child drowns every minute.  In general, children under 5 years of age have the highest drowning mortality rates worldwide (Source:  WHO).   Drowning is the leading cause of of accidental death among children ages 1-4 (Source:  SafeKids).  Drowning disproportionately affects children in low-income countries, yet most people don't even know drowning is an issue.  Estimates on drowning deaths range from 385k-600k annually, but everyone agrees the real numbers are higher. We need more awareness to gather better data and develop effective solutions.  Drowning needs to be publicly recognized as a serious threat to child mortality if we are going to end this epidemic.



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