SWIMMING LAOS PROGRAM

In Laos, six children drown everyday

 

 

During day time, one child drowns every 45 seconds in Asia.

The danger is unknown because of the very speed at which it kills (after 5mins, chance of survival drops critically). There is no time for hospitalisation. Consequently the census of drowning rate is difficult and underestimate.

 

 

 

Welcome to Solenne Figuès, swimming world champion and Olympic medalist

 

From febuary 26th to march 12th SwimmingLaos had the pleasure to welcome our sponsor Miss Solenne Figuès, swimming world champion and olympic medalist.

May 25 th 2018 : Swimminglaos won the world ethic action 2018

 

May 25th 2018 at the Sénat , Paris a lao delegation from Swimminglaos was invited to receive the world ethic action trophy  2018. After 4 years of actions against drowings in Laos and thought more than 800 children Swimminglaos is now honnored by this decoration

 

 

 

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.