Table 5

Consensus definition and supporting statements

DefinitionDrowning prevention is defined as a multidisciplinary approach that reduces drowning risk and builds resilience by implementing evidence-informed measures that address hazards, exposures and vulnerabilities to protect an individual, community or population against fatal and non-fatal drowning.
Statement 1While drowning prevention is not a synonym for water safety, both approaches are closely related and can share measures, and address common hazards, exposures, and vulnerabilities.
Statement 2When combined, drowning prevention and water safety, includes measures that aim to promote safety and prevent injuries and other incidents in, on and around water.
Statement 3Using 'drowning prevention' when engaging with sectors where water safety is principally associated with safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene' can help reduce confusion and build awareness for the need to address drowning.