Children from Sundarbans, West Bengal create a first of its kind ‘Child Parliament’ to raise concern about avoidable child deaths due to drowning
Kolkata, July 25, 2021: The United Nations General Assembly has recently adopted a historic resolution on global drowning prevention, acknowledging it for the first time in the UN’s 75-year history. The resolution establishes drowning prevention as an important international issue, recognised by all 193 Member States (countries) of the United Nations. It has set out a framework of actions that every country should take to prevent drowning.
Child In Need Institute-CINI with its five decades of experience in child health had recently launched a massive Drowning Prevention Campaign through Child Parliament Initiative in Sundarbans. To celebrate the 1st ever of the World Drowning Prevention Day with the theme of “Creating Child Friendly Communities”, CINI took a Children’s Rights based approach to promote decision-making processes that are more collaborative and inclusive for children. It created an enabling environment for these children to voice their ideas, thoughts and feelings. Unsurprisingly, an impressive number of bright and inspiring children are interested in influencing decisions that affect their lives.
“There is no central mechanism to capture drowning related data and there is a gross underreporting. Further gains made in reducing infectious child deaths cannot be lost to drowning, one of the leading causes of death across the basin of Bengal. Interventions for safe places for pre-school children with structured supervision has a huge potential in reducing drowning, injuries and improving child development,” said Dr. Jagnoor Jagnoor, co –director, WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care and Head, Injury, The George Institute, India.