World Drowning Prevention Day is observed every year on July 25 and was established by the UN General Assembly Resolution “Global drowning prevention” from April 2021. This international advocacy event provides a platform to draw attention to the devastating and deep effects drowning has on families and communities while also outlining life-saving strategies to stop it.
History of World Drowning Prevention Day:
- A General Assembly decision declared April 20, 2021, as World Drowning Prevention Day.
- Each year, this international advocacy event provides a platform for highlighting the catastrophic effects of drowning on families and communities as well as providing suggestions for its prevention.
- Every stakeholder is encouraged to observe World Drowning Prevention Day by emphasising the need for coordinated, urgent, and multi-sectoral action on tried-and-true drowning prevention measures.
- This includes UN agencies, civil society organisations, governments, the private sector, academia, and individuals.
On World Drowning Prevention Day this year, WHO is encouraging everyone to “do one thing” to prevent drowning. WHO suggests using the hashtag #DrowningPrevention for this occasion on social media.