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Fiji wins award

Sikeli Qounadovu
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

THE Water Safety Council of Fiji (WSCF) was awarded the best abstract paper during the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Penang, Malaysia last week.

Fiji's abstract paper was voted the best among countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana, Brazil, USA, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Council director John Philp said the presentation focused on the key findings from an extensive collaborative study, which was carried out from May 2012 to April this year.

He said the core finding was that the majority of the drowning occurred during the cyclone seasons.

With drowning cases having increased every year since 2012, the research was focused on the illustration of who is drowning, matched with geographical influences, demographics and primary contributing factors such as time of year and core activity being undertaken by each victim.

"If we promote the issue of drowning in Fiji at this type of international platform, it enables us to find partnerships and share with others in the journey of finding solutions," said Mr Philp.

According to the WSCF research most of Fiji's victims were under the age of five, while males over the age of five accounted for the majority of the country's drowning fatalities.

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