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1017 Success project about drowning prevention by volunteers in the community, Nakhon Ratchasima Povince, Thailand
  1. Chanchai Supawerakul1,
  2. Pisit Pongsirisupakul2
  1. 1Section Chief of Underwater Rescue
  2. 2Foundation’s Nakhon Ratchasima,Thailand

Abstract

Background Nakhon Ratchasima province is the largest province of Thailand. It has the second highest number of population (the first highest number of population is Bangkok). Its main areas are agricultural. Its statistical death of drowning, that usually occurs in rural areas and natural water sources, is in the top 10 provinces of Thailand.

Methods This project has been starting since 2012.To reduce The number of dead children from drowning in Nakhon Ratchasima povinces. It has been built by a network of well-promoter team comprising many sectors. This project has been based on the revision of existing experience and the own cost. This project was started from one team in the urban and then was expending to rural areas until it was completely covered the 32 districts in 2015. There are educations about safety on water for communities, skills about helping people from drowning, survival skills on the water when drowning and, skills for CPR. In addition, there are using the resources that are easy to find out in the area, build up communities network team to manage high-risk water sources and, installing warning sign with first aids for helping people from drowning.

Results According to the study, it is found that the number of children, who died from drowning (0–14 years) in Nakhon Ratchasima at the beginning of the year 2012, were 40 children (8.4). In 2013, there were 36 children(7.5) who died from drowning. In 2014, there were 23 children(4.8) who died from drowning. In 2015, there were 21 children(4.4)who died from drowning. The number of dead children from 2012–2015 has been decreasing because of the good cooperation between a network of well-promoter (32 teams of Nakhon Ratchasima) and management 90 places high-risk water sources.

Conclusions Death from drowning can be prevented by creating a network team in the area, using the simple methods that focus on skill training for children and managing about environmental water resources under resources of the area.

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