Sau Thia teaches children swimming in a makeshift pool in Vietnam’s Dong Thap province. Photo: Giang Pham
Sau Thia teaches children swimming in a makeshift pool in Vietnam’s Dong Thap province. Photo: Giang Pham
Vietnam

Vietnam’s child drowning plague, and the community swimming trainers doing all they can to end it

  • Drowning is a leading cause of death among Vietnamese children, with more than 2,000 kids under 16 losing their lives this way each year
  • Community-led initiatives are making a difference but a lack of swimming facilities and poor water safety literacy hinders progress

Sau Thia teaches children swimming in a makeshift pool in Vietnam’s Dong Thap province. Photo: Giang Pham
Sau Thia teaches children swimming in a makeshift pool in Vietnam’s Dong Thap province. Photo: Giang Pham
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