Drowning is amongst the top ten causes of childhood deaths worldwide

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19th November 2014 14:48 - Health

A recent survey, commissioned by The World Health Organisation (WHO), has found that drowning is one of the most common causes of death amongst young people and children worldwide.

The findings have shown that over 372,000 lives are claimed per year due to drowning. The demographic most at risk of drowning is children under 5 years old.

Drowning claimed more lives of under-15s, in 2012 (140,219), than tuberculosis (69,648) and measles.

The research also found that the majority children who die from drowning are in low and middle income countries. The highest figures were in African, South-East Asian and Western Pacific regions.

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