Milko van Gool, Swimming So Others Can

Milko van Gool, Swimming So Others Can

The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh tries to prevent drowning in Bangladesh. In relation to its population, more children die from drowning in Bangladesh than in any other country. More than 17,000 children drown each year (or 47 per day).

Water is everywhere in Bangladesh, a land of massive rivers, deltas, rice paddies and ponds. And the risk of drowning may be increasing with climate change, extreme weather patterns, frequent flooding and rising sea levels.

In response, UNICEF and its partners like the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh have been teaching Bangladeshi children to swim in order to save their own lives and the lives of others.

Milko van Gool is part of this solution. Milko is an open water swimmer from the Netherlands who successfully completed the English Channel this season in 10 hours 22 minutes. He raised over US$6,500 for the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh.



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