"I want to see a drowning-free Philippines": a qualitative study of the current situation, key challenges and future recommendations for drowning prevention in the Philippines

Guevarra, Jonathan P., Franklin, Richard C., and Peden, Amy E. (2021) "I want to see a drowning-free Philippines": a qualitative study of the current situation, key challenges and future recommendations for drowning prevention in the Philippines. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (2). 381.

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Abstract

Drowning is described as a public health challenge by the World Health Organization. This challenge faces the Philippines where drowning claims an average of 3276 lives annually (3.50/100,000 population). However, no research comprehensively documents prevention strategies implemented by government and non-government agencies at a national or local level in the Philippines. This study aimed to qualitatively explore the current situation and key challenges of preventing drowning in the Philippines through key informant interviews and make recommendations to guide prevention efforts. Interviews were conducted among government and non-government agencies involved in drowning prevention using purposive sampling. Qualitative data collected were thematically analyzed. Findings indicate government and non-government agencies implement drowning prevention programs or strategies based on the mandate of their institutions. Most commonly cited were activities related to education or information awareness, emergency and disaster preparedness, and swimming skills. It was revealed that each agency was relatively unaware of the drowning prevention programs of other agencies. A multisector approach is needed to develop coordinated and comprehensive programs and activities aimed at preventing drowning. In this way, duplication will be avoided and the minimal resources available will be used effectively to reduce the burden of drowning in the Philippines.

Item ID: 66946
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1660-4601
Keywords: Drowning, Epidemiology, Government, Injury, Interviews, Policy, Prevention, Qualitative, Safety, Stakeholder
Copyright Information: Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 01:37
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420604 Injury prevention @ 60%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion @ 40%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200408 Injury prevention and control @ 100%
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