“Fiji to have safe environments and safe people”
To reduce the risk of drowning death, near drowning and injury from water-related incidents through an ongoing commitment to:
- increased water-safety skills and awareness in communities across Fiji
- public and private environments that are designed and managed to minimise risks
- coordinated and resource sharing by relevant government and non-government stakeholders, and the delivery of high quality water safety initiatives.
2014 Drowning Report video
The WSCF is confident that sharing the key outcomes will both enable and reinforce the need for Fiji to address the importance in coordinating target-specific water safety initiatives that will both reduce and prevent drowning.
Prime Minister Fiji Speech Notes
“I can’t think of a better moment to join you as we highlight the tragic incidence of drownings in Fiji, and especially those of our precious young people”.
Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, 13 March 2015
The WSCF’s key findings for 2014:
- Over 50% of the victims were under the age of 25 years
- The economical value of lives lost equated to approximately FJD14-million
- 77% of the total drowning’s occurred within the cyclone months
- Males accounted for 2.5 times the number of drowning’s over females
- 66% of the victims were found in either village or rural settings
- 8 victims had CPR administrated
- 6 victims were people with epilepsy