mercredi 30 octobre 2013

Conférence Mondiale sur la Prévention de la Noyade (WCDP 2013) à Postdam

La WCDP 2013 s'achève et l'édition 2015 aura lieu, a priori, en Malaisie  

Voilà les Thèmes traités cette année :

The WCDP2013 conference stream themes have been chosen to move the community forward in reducing the burden of drowning worldwide. Each area looks at the problem of drowning from a different but equally important perspective. The conference themes are detailed below with some topics and key aspects shown as examples.

1. World Collaboration

This stream focuses on partnerships and collaborations aimed at reducing or preventing drowning. The burden of drowning on regions, countries and communities requires significant action. Partnerships and collaborations are strategies capable of amplifying the reach and impact of research, policy and practice.
This stream will include discussion on partnerships and collaborations at all levels including agencies (e.g. WHO, UNICEF), governments and allied organizations (e. g. FEE, IFSTA, IRC, IMRF).International
  • Regional (TASC, EUROSAFE, ECSA)
  • Country
  • Community
And across all sectors including:
  • Business partnerships / sponsorships
  • Organizational approaches to collaboration
  • Governmental approaches
This stream will also include the identification of possibilities and strategies of cooperation with the above mentioned organizations, as well as the presentation of projects that have already been successful realized or projects that are planned in this regard.

2. Prevention

Successful prevention requires target-oriented programs and campaigns. The purpose of this workshop is to present the experience made during the development and implementation of such programs and campaigns under special consideration of drowning prevention for children and elderly people, education of immigrants and tourists as well as the preparation of general information for various media.
A look at drowning on a regional basis points to a high need for action across Asia, more drowning related research in Africa and the Pacific, and a consolidation of efforts that are currently being facilitated across Central and South America  or western and eastern Europe.

3. Swimming Education

Swimming and water safety education has been a feature of lifesaving programs in high income countries since a long time. These programs are driven by water safety agencies, swimming and lifesaving organisations and through school and community systems that seek to build skills with dual goals of protecting against drowning and preparing children for safe aquatic recreation activity.

The best prevention are on the one hand a sufficient supervision and awareness but on the other hand a good swimming education (including familiarization/coping with waters). This stream will deal with both the swimming education of children at preschool/school age and swimming instruction for the older generation but also for specific aim groups like pregnant women and disabled persons. 

4. Lifesaving Education

Lifesaving and lifeguarding have  been recognized as effective basic strategies to prevent drowning in aquatic facilities and in open water locations.

To counteract drowning incidents, broad public lifesaving education as well as further qualification of lifesavers and lifeguards are required. The purpose of this stream is the description of the corresponding education and further education programs, including basic knowledge and skills, lifesaving training and comprehensive qualifications that meet e.g. the European qualification requirements. 

Lifesavers from across the world will use the conference to update and promote their skills, equipment, achievements, as well as seeking ideas for improving standards and public education programs.

5. Pool Safety

Within this stream, the applicable standards and regulations will be presented and topics such as risk assessment, personal qualification and necessary equipment will be discussed.

6. Scuba and rescue diving

This workshop comprises the presentation and discussion of education contents and concepts as well as possible uses and scenarios. Diving education can improve water safety and skills but also provide a further strategie of water rescue service under certain conditions.

7. Rescue Boat Driving

Rescue boats play a special part in rescue operations. In this regard the value of these rescue instruments will be discussed, the different types of suitable boats will be presented and the training required for using such boats will be explained. In addition, several examples of rescue operations at inland waters and on the coasts will be depicted.

8. Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are a standardized method for the scientific and exact evaluation of the risks existing and safety and rescue standards required at a bathing and water sport location.  The stream will include a presentation of the existing international (European) standards and methods as well as the required management activities (including personnel and equipment) derived from these assessments.

9. Water Rescue Services

Based on the relevant requirements at inland waters (rivers, lakes, pools) and on the coasts for stationary and mobile services, various planning and organization approaches will be presented and discussed. In addition the question of a necessary equipment pool will be launched. 

10. Sea rescue

(Open) Sea rescue is different from water rescue operations at inland waters and at the coast. This workshop will comprise the hazards and challenges coming up, the SAR concepts, the boats and ships and the corresponding equipment used for such purposes as well as rescue operations at different levels (from accidents with dangerous substances involved up to mass rescue situations).

11. Disaster prevention and rescue

Climatic change puts new challenges on water safety and rescue as well. Tsunami warnings and rescue operations in increasingly frequent strong rain and flood incidents require a new orientation and specialization of rescue services.  Special topics such as safety strategies for threatened areas, securing dikes, swift and white water rescue, helicopter-based water rescue and specialised mobile forces will be presented and discussed.

12. Medical Aspects

The medical topics include broad public education in first aid measures, paramedical education, special equipment and operational concepts on a voluntary and professional basis. The stream also is open for specific subjects like diving medicine or sport medicine.

13. Research

A reasonable addition to the water rescue topic is the scientific analysis of the causes for drownings. This stream will include the different statistical approaches, the problem of non-fatal drowning, various influencing factors as well as the conclusions resulting from this (including treatment methods). A special view will aim on cooperation projects between different institutional and organizational structures and scientific disciplines.

14. Sport

This stream focuses on the role of sport in lifesaving with respect to drowning prevention and the development of water rescue organizations. This will include both the existing forms of competition and their positive effects on water rescue, and the aspects of public sport as well as the integration of disabled persons.

15. Youth

The voluntary work of and with young people is an important aspect of the education and development of qualified new lifesavers and lifeguards in many water rescue organizations. This workshop will include presentations and discussions on different approaches regarding best structures, the contents and perspectives of and for work with young people, exchange programs and international cooperation.

16. Management (Lifesaving)

Efficient structures, good resources and qualified staff are a must for every organization. This applies to water rescue services as well. This stream comprises topics such as member orientation, administration, qualification concepts and fundraising in order to develop the ways and means leading towards a future-proof organization of the associations.