Every year, nearly 400,000 people round the globe die by drowning, making it one of the world’s most common causes of accidental death.
Now several projects – from playpens to drones – are attempting to tackle the problem.
Unlike malaria and malnutrition, there is no global programme aimed at reducing the death toll from drowning.
Its sporadic nature means prevention can be difficult – patrolling every shore and riverbank would be impossible.
But some things can be done, such as preventing overcrowding on ships and ferries, improving flood defences and having national water safety plans.
And it can often be local efforts that make the real difference.
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