Teaching children swimming and CPR to save lives in Bangladesh

Teaching children swimming and CPR to save lives in Bangladesh

Drowning kills more children than any other accident or disease in Bangladesh. Governments efforts to solve the issue have stalled, so what can be done?

At just nine years old, Sadia Yasmin Lata is already a trained cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) caregiver. She’s demonstrating a CPR drill to other children her age. “I would remove any hazardous substance from the ground around him, and then speak into both of his ears to check his senses,” she says. She would then pinch his hand and check his respiration. “If he does not respond, I would breathe air into him and, at intervals, give him a cardiac massage,” she says.

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I learned swimming in eight days. I don’t feel scared anymore.

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