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  • How a Vancouver Island physician hopes to quell a drowning epidemic

    Nov 22, 2013 | Posted by: Christine Wood

    Dr. Steve BeermanDr. Steve Beerman is a Nanaimo family physician, clincal educator and Site Director for the UBC’s Family Practice residency program at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. He is also considered an expert in medical management issues around drowning and water-related injury prevention.  A long time volunteer visionary leader and collaborative partner with UN Agencies, NGO's and Governments, Dr. Beerman has been involved in projects to research and facilitate evidence-based strategic interventions to reduce drowning in low-income countries where it is a leading cause of child mortality.  In Bangladesh, drowning is the single leading cause of death in children ages 1 – 17. 

    Dr. Beerman has just been awarded a $100,000 grant from the federal government’s Grand Challenges Canada, Stars in Global Health program to work with Bangladeshi collaborators and implement low-cost, effective and culturally sensitive interventions to reduce the rate of drowning in one Bangladeshi village.  If successful, the project will be scaled up to encompass a broader region of the country.

    To read more about this project see the UBC Faculty of Medicine news.