RNLI INGO Networking event

Event Description

RNLI INGO Networking event

Drowning is a serious and neglected global public health and development challenge, claiming the lives of 360,000 people each year – the majority of whom are under 25 years old.

Over 90% of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where people use open water for essential daily activities such as collecting water and bathing. In many countries, drowning is now the leading cause of death in children aged 1-4 years old.

Despite the drowning death toll being greater than that of maternal mortality or protein-energy malnutrition, few governments, donors or organisations are aware of the drowning problem or how easily it can be prevented.

We would like to collaborate with other organisations within the INGO sector to open dialogue on how we can work together to tackle the global drowning epidemic.

We at the RNLI believe that tackling drowning is intrinsic to countries being able to fulfil their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on child mortality, resilience and disaster risk reduction.

We will be hosting an event at the RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset on 3-4 October 2018. This will be an opportunity to network with like-minded practitioners and colleagues.

During the event we will share drowning interventions that have been developed, and explore how they can be adapted and/or incorporated within existing programmes.

Catering and accommodation will be provided during the event, but places are limited.

If you would like to attend the event, or if you would like further information please send an expression of interest to international@rnli.org.uk by the end of August 2018, with your name, organisation, role and why you would like to attend this event.