Drowning is a leading cause of death for children worldwide. This menace is present in all countries around the world.
Moreover it is important to note the 25% of all children in the world live in South-est Asia. A UNICEF report indicates a large number of children drownings in Asia (95% of all current childhood drowning deaths).
Howover, if we do not have precise figures on the situation in Laos, neighbouring countries drowning rates and many testimonies about child drowning occuring in village near water points especially near homes (large pools, reservoirs, lakes, rivers...) indicate a hight drowning rate in this country also.
These fatal accidents concern three categories of age, 1 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years and 10 and over, with a strong concentration in the early years (1 to 4 years) .
Laos is an isolated country and off the radar. No awarness or education campaigns have been created yet. Swimming Laos program was created in January 2013. After one and half year of negotiation with the Lao gouvernment we finally get governmental authorisation that allow Lao primary schools to acess teaching basic swimming skills in march 2014.