There has been an alarming rise in road accidents, significantly highway accidents, in Bangladesh over the past few years. According to a study conducted by the Accident Research Centre (ARC) of BUET, road accidents claim on average 12,000 lives annually and lead to about 35,000 injuries. According to World Bank statistics, annual fatality rate from road accidents is found to be 85.6 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles. Hence, the roads in Bangladesh have become deadly.
On the other hand, drowning is the number one killer of children under age five in Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world and situated in the low-lying Ganges River delta. The victims of this hidden epidemic are mostly poor children who live close to major rivers, lakes and ponds, which are the main bathing place for more than two-thirds of the country’s 160 million people.
To address the above two issues – road accidents and drownings – , FCAB brought experts from two leading organizations, the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB) and Traumalink to speak to the village. A representative from CIPRB, the country’s largest injury prevention research organization, gave a presentation on their current model of injury and drowning prevention. Traumalink,, which trains emergency first responders and has initiated an emergency first responder service using community volunteers, also spoke to villagers about their service. Following their presentation, FCAB organized a first responder first aid training for sixty volunteers from the village and the surrounding areas.