Background Drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths among under-five children globally. In Bangladesh, more than 15,000 under-five children drowns annually, and drowning accounts for 43% of death from all-causes, and more than 90% of all injury deaths among the 1 – 4 year olds. With support of the Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit in collaboration with the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh is implementing a large-scale implementation research study, the Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) project, to address the burden of childhood drowning in Bangladesh. SoLiD is a three-year (2012 – 2015) study that aims to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of two child drowning prevention interventions (playpen and créche), and their implementation activities. About 80,000 children are receiving the interventions and 1.2 million people are under an injury surveillance system as part of the project.
Description This session will comprise three presentations that focus on the entire spectrum of childhood drowning prevention in Bangladesh.
Session chair Adnan A Hyder, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, USA
Talk 1: Burden, trend and epidemiology of childhood drowning in rural Bangladesh – Amin Rahman, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh
Abstract: This talk will discuss and present results from a large population based baseline survey implemented as part of the SoLiD program. It will highlight data on trend, epidemiology and risk factors of childhood drowning in rural Bangladesh.
Talk 2: Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of SoLiD interventions – Olakunle Alonge, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, USA
Abstract: This talk will focus on the study design and interventions implemented as part of the SoLiD program. Initial results on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these interventions will also be presented.
Talk 3: Integrating childhood drowning prevention interventions to child health survival programs – Fazlur Rahman, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh
Abstract: This presentation will discuss issues related to integrating such programs into ongoing activities at the city or district level. Efforts to integrate the SoLiD interventions into health and rural government program/policies will be described. Early experiences, challenges and policy implications will be presented.
Discussion and Q&A The session will end with a discussion on the implications of these lessons to the implementation of other drowning prevention strategies in low-and-middle-income settings.