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When it was agreed in Atlanta to set up ISCAIP and Injury Prevention, one reason for doing so was to help us better understand injuries and transfer information about their prevention. In global terms, drowning is the quintessential child injury issue. It is strongly associated with child development and affects all countries. Current WHO estimates are that 186000 children and young people under 20 drown each year,1 although some large‐scale community studies suggest that, at least in some parts of the world, this figure is low.2
Injury Prevention has published a surprising number of papers on this one topic, beginning with a classic by Pearn and Nixon.3 Others include a report on home drownings from Mexico4 and drowning and near‐drowning in Denmark.5 In 2000 we published a paper on toddler drownings in home pools6 and later another showing patterns in different age and ethnic groups.7,8 Other authors contributed by reporting on basic measurement tools, coding issues, and data collection methods.9,10,11 Asher et al12 examined water safety training as a means of prevention, and others did so using a variety of other approaches.13,14,15,16 Some authors contributed by focusing on the processes whereby changes are implemented,17 and still others by evaluating a program.18 Finally, there were studies exploring a particular risk factor such as alcohol.19,20
As is true for all other areas of injury, the journal has been challenged to extend the successes of first‐world situations in preventing drownings to low‐ and middle‐income countries.21 Although it has published several papers from these countries,22,23,24 it is evident that the journal has fallen well short of meeting the challenge.