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World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 website launched.

Royal Life Saving Society â€" Australia and The Alliance for Safe Children, the hosts of the next ILS conference have launched a website promoting this fast approaching event. The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 will be held in Danang, Vietnam, 10-13th May 2011.

The conference aims to focus world attention on the global burden of drowning, with a specific emphasis on the epidemic of drowning deaths in developing countries. www.worldconferenceondrowning.org is the address, and along with Prevention, the conference will focus on the key areas of Drowning Research, Rescue, Disaster, Treatment and Collaboration. As the world authority in global efforts to prevent drowning, the International Life Saving Federation is keen to ensure that this conference has an impact on drowning related research, policy and practice.

The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 website has several features designed to build interest in the conference and the issue of drowning as we work towards Danang, including a news service, venue information and a database of Conference Ambassadors. The hosts also aim to build a knowledge base of resources, projects, research and organisations, all focused on reinforcing the need for coordinated global advocacy to reduce drowning.

Vietnam, the setting for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011, is a vibrant country, with a rich history, diverse culture, friendly people and great food. Situated in central Vietnam, Danang is a bustling sea port, with a long sandy beach and is within reach of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tragically, more than 11,000 children drown in Vietnam each year, and typhoons cause heavy rain, flooding and storm surges that make preventing drowning a major priority to central and regional governments.

Over the coming months, the conference website will continue to expand. Check it out now, and be sure to register your interest to ensure that you are updated as we get closer to Danang 2011.

Justin Scarr