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Child drowning prevention programme in Cambodia

The child drowning prevention programme in Cambodia, operated by Helpcode with the technical assistance of SWIM Cambodia, is supported by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation since 2020.

According to the WHO, drowning is a silent epidemic in Cambodia accounting for 5 deaths per day. Children under  the age of 9 are its main victims.

That considered, this programme aims to raise awareness on drowning prevention among young people, families and communities by offering more safety and knowledge to children when near a body of water.

In Phnom Penh as well as in the rural areas of the Sihanoukville Province, children, teenagers and adults will attend, until 2022, specific courses on water safety and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

This bespoke programme is also adapted to the issues raised by the recent and frequent floods happening in Cambodia and the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the end of this project, 3000 children and youngsters but also 200 adults will have followed water safety lessons, and 200 children will have learned how to swim.