Drowning incidents rank as the third−leading cause of unintentional injury and death worldwide, and over 90 percent of drowning−related injuries and deaths occur in low− and middle−income nations.

According to the World Health Organization, prevention practices can reduce the burden of drowning. Such practices include reducing the exposure through the use of barriers and warning signs, adult supervision, safe riverbed crossings, water safety education like resuscitation, boating regulation for occupancy capacity and flotation devices, and flood warning systems. Community-based efforts coordinating prevention strategies with rural development, disaster preparedness, and children’s health initiatives have also proven to be valuable.

The countries performing the best in the Drowning Indicator are Singapore, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Denmark while Papua New Guinea, the Central African Republic, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands and Bangladesh need most improvement.

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