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Child Drowning: Evidence for a newly recognized cause of child mortality in low and middle income countries in Asia


  • Michael (et al.) Linnan


Drowning is a leading cause of death among children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, but current data greatly underestimate mortality due to drowning. This is due to the way drowning data is collected, classified and reported as well as the difficulty in correcting and adjusting the data. The sum of all the biases and uncertainties has masked the fact that drowning is a leading cause of child death in LMICs in Asia. Cost-effective, affordable and sustainable interventions appropriate for LMICs are available to address this newly recognized and significant killer of children. Large numbers of these deaths could be prevented annually if these drowning interventions were included in current country programmes. When implemented at national scale and as an integral part of country programmes, the prevention of these drowning deaths, which mostly occur in early childhood, would result in a rapid decrease in early childhood mortality.

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  • Michael (et al.) Linnan, 2012. "Child Drowning: Evidence for a newly recognized cause of child mortality in low and middle income countries in Asia," Papers inwopa663, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa663 Note: Special Series on Child Injury 2012

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    child mortality; child safety; community centres; low income communities; mortality; mortality rate;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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