World Drowning Prevention Day: Opportunity to share achievements

Illustration with the words World Drowning Prevention Day and the slogan: Anyone can drown, no one should

World Drowning Prevention Day, declared through the April 2021 UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/75/273 “Global drowning prevention”, is held annually on 25 July. This year the theme is "Do one thing - to prevent drowning"

This global advocacy event serves as an opportunity to highlight the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities and offer life-saving solutions to prevent it. An estimated 236,000 people drown every year worldwide, and drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children and youth aged 1-24 years. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells and domestic water storage vessels in low- and middle-income countries, with children and adolescents in rural areas disproportionately affected.

To mark the Day, WHO will host a webinar on July 27th. During this global webinar, videos will be shared that showcase how a range of stakeholders have been able to do one thing to advance drowning prevention efforts in the last year - whether as an individual, as a group or as a government.

To participate in this global initiative:

  1. Use your phone or camera to make a video with a duration of 90 seconds or less that shows and tells us about an initiative or activity that has advanced drowning prevention efforts in your local setting over the last year.
  2. Please ensure the video is shot in landscape orientation.
  3. If you provide a video shot in a language other than English, please provide English translation together with timecodes to enable subtitling.
  4. We kindly request that all submissions are uploaded and shared through virtual digital sharing platforms (such as Google Drive, WeTransfer or YouTube link), no later than 15 July 2022 with a notification sent to Caroline Lukaszyk, WHO Technical Officer for Unintentional Injury Prevention:


More information on the WHO campaign (in English): 

World Drowning Prevention Day