RLSS/ILS Asia Pacific Drowning Prevention Workshop

Following on from the recent RLSS Development Workshops held in Africa in 2017 and the Caribbean earlier this year, in partnership with the ILS Asia Pacific Region, our member branch The Life Saving Society Malaysia (LSSM) hosted the Asia Pacific Drowning Prevention Workshop from 31st July through to 2nd August.

On the first day of the Workshop the Malaysia Water Activity Safety Council (WASC) hosted a Special National Training Session on life saving and drowning prevention to inform the plans and priorities of the WASC with input from expert speakers from within Malaysia and from other countries in the Asia Pacific Region including Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

The aim for days 2 and 3 of the workshop was to build stronger in-country lifesaving organisations by developing their relevant knowledge, skills, resources and techniques to enhance drowning prevention initiatives in their countries. The workshop also provided an opportunity to foster inter-organization sharing, collaboration and exchange. We were delighted that between RLSS and ILS members in the Asia Pacific region, 15 countries were represented with over 40 participants. After each country provided a status of the drowning problem and lifesaving development in their nation they then worked in smaller groups to select suitable drowning prevention projects which were used to develop project planning skills focussing on planning, budgeting, funding and monitoring and evaluation.

During the Workshop we were delighted to deliver the RLSS CPR Project in partnership with Laerdal Medical to the Asia Pacific region. This project provides those nations from low resource settings with a Laerdal Mini-Anne resuscitation kit, CPR documents developed by RLSS and a sessions on practical CPR, teaching CPR techniques, looking at CPR programme delivery, promotion, learn to earn , administration and reporting. Over the last year we have now issued 24 kits to our members in Africa, the Caribbean and now Asia Pacific. Our sincere thanks go to Laerdal Medical for supporting us and our members in this initiative which has already provided valuable resources to many of our members.

We would like to express our thanks to Norm Farmer, Shayne Baker. LSSM, in particular Mr Chien Ch’eng LIM and Mr Thuan Tek GEH, for delivering this extremely successful Workshop and to the ILS Asia Pacific Region for collaborating on this project. Our thanks also go to Royal Life Saving Society Australia who provided wonderful administrative support and to Amy Peden and Craig Roberts for facilitating various sessions during the three days.

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