Turning the tides on child drowning
Rebecca Wear Robinson
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I'm on a quest for global drowning prevention education. I believe that we can change the way the world behaves around water and keep our children happy, healthy and alive. Read about my thoughts, campaigns and news regarding water and children’s safety in my blog.

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Leveraging The WHO Drowning Report

November 19, 2014
World Health Organization Flag

The first ever World Health Organization (WHO) Global Report on Drowning was released on November 18. If you haven’t had a chance to read the report, click here to download the full report. There was much good news. The presence of the Director-General of the WHO and several Ambassadors, and a video speech from Michael […]

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Talking To The Public

July 9, 2014
Action!

Following my rant on the term ‘secondary drowning’ last week, Dr. Justin Sempsrott was kind enough (and brave, given my endless questions) to spend over an hour on the phone with me to teach me exactly what ‘drowning’ means. Much of it was news to me, even after 8 years in the field. Based on […]

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Sabbatical

May 7, 2014
putting the pieces together

I’ve been working to end child drowning without pause since 2007. Countless hours of research to understand the many puzzle pieces of this complex issue and even more hours crafting some of the components that are needed for a solution, including blogging every week. I’ve reach the point where the next big leap forward will […]

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Controlling The Message

April 30, 2014
Snakes

Organizations, governments, and especially the drowning prevention field, would love to be able to control everything. After all, if you have total control over content, over what the public is seeing and how they are acting, the world would operate much more smoothly and there would be no problems. Right? I think we call that […]

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Volunteer or Salary?

April 23, 2014
Balance Sheet

We can’t end a global epidemic using only volunteers. Volunteers are the heart and soul of any cause, but too often we’ve embraced the idea that volunteer work is good, noble, meaningful and righteous, and paid work is what you do to pay the bills, but is somehow ‘less’ because you are being paid, or […]

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Reframing The Issue.

April 16, 2014
Great White Shark

Sharks are ruthless killers that endanger humans. Humans are ruthless killers that endanger sharks. For years the issue was the former, sharks are dangerous, except for a few environmentalists pleading to deaf ears that sharks are a critical part of our ecosystem and need to be protected. Finally some smart people realized that saying ‘sharks […]

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Explain The Outcome

April 10, 2014
The tip of the iceberg

“Look both ways before you cross the street!” “Don’t run by the pool!” Chances are you’ve used those phrases countless times with your children, but have you also explained why they should look both ways or not run? Have you ever wondered why your child continues to run by the pool, not look both ways […]

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How To Make People Care

March 26, 2014
Passenger plane above the clouds.

A plane falls from the sky and everyone cares. A child drowns every minute and no one cares. The chance of an American dying in a plane crash is 1 in 11 million.  Compare that to 1 in 5,000 for an American dying in a motor vehicle accident, or a 1 in 50,000 chance of […]

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First Diagnose, Then Prescribe.

March 19, 2014
Bad Doctor

You go to the doctor’s office for a routine check-up and the doctor says, “you need surgery to remove your appendix, immediately”. You are shocked, stunned, and highly skeptical. After all, the doctor hasn’t examined you, hasn’t asked if you have any pain or symptoms that would indicate that your appendix needs to be removed, […]

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Life Jackets – The Saga Continues

March 12, 2014
Life Jacket

When I wrote about the importance of using the term ‘life jacket’ last week, I really did not expect any reaction. After all, how controversial is a life jacket when you are addressing the water safety community? And yet, controversy ensued – about the term, the different types of buoyancy devices, about the different types […]

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