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Lifesaving Development in Africa

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Author: Job Kania

Author: Job Kania
(03-29)

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    Lifesaving Development in Africa Lifesaving Development in Africa Presentation Transcript

    • WORLD WATER SAFETY CONFERENCE JOB KANIA President: Kenya Lifesaving Federation 29/09/07 PORTO
    • ILS – WORLD WATER SAFETY CONFERENCE
      • Lifesaving Development in Africa
    • CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS
        • - Lifesaving has existed in Africa since time immemorial
        • Historical evidence of swimming depicted in ancient writings of Egypt (Cureton, 1934).
        • However modern day Africa has the highest drowning mortality rate 13.1per 100 000 (Peden & McGee, 2003)
        • No drowning mortality data, nor swimming ability statistics exist for most countries.
        • For the above reasons, this paper is based on personal experiences, having lived and worked in many African countries.
    • Major causes of Drowning
      • Inability to swim , yet large populations live and survive around water.
      • Failure to recognise potential hazardous conditions.
      • Lack of safe ways in which to assist people requiring assistance.
      • More people moving and living in flood plains
    • Challenges
      • Weak economic states of most countries.
      • Lack of government policy on water safety
      • Ignorance of water safety
      • Absence of lifesaving/ swimming education in Physical Education Curriculum of schools.
      • Lack of public aquatic facilities
      • Attitude
    • Challenges (contd...)
      • Slow technological advancement
      • Lack of scientific research in the aquatic field
      • Lack of professionalism in lifesaving
      • Poor swimming pool hygiene
      • Lack of resources
    • Way Forward
      • Establishment of national lifesaving federations.
      • Develop of state water safety policies
      • Inspection and audit of all aquatic facilities
      • Mandatory pool and public liability cover
      • Inclusion of lifesaving and swimming activities is the ports curriculum
      • Promotion of water safety awareness.
    • Way forward (contd)
      • Encouragement of lifesaving skills in the state forces (police, fire, ambulance, army)
      • Promotion of lifesaving awards (qualifications)
      • Promotion of lifeguarding professionalism
      • Development of lifesaving sport
      • Creation of public recreational facilities
      • Reduction of costs of lifesaving equipment
      • Innovation in lifesaving equipment
      • Inclusion of lifesaving experts in national disaster committees.
      • Scientific research in the aquatic field
      • Improvisation of aquatic environments for skills development (e.g. Bangladesh experience)
    • Conclusion
      • There is still hope and optimism for lifesaving development in Africa
      • Via joint stakeholder involvement and partnerships we can develop the necessary interventions to reduce the high number of drownings
    • THANK YOU