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Unilever and UNICEF support hygiene promotion in primary schools: hand washing campaign launched in Federal Capital Territory

Unilever and UNICEF aim to support hygiene promotion in 6 primary schools in FCT.

Gidan Mangoro, FCT, 25 October 2007 - UNICEF and Unilever Nigeria Plc in conjunction with the Federal Capital Territory today launched a Hand Washing in Schools campaign. The campaign is aimed at promoting hygiene among pupils and their families and is currently being launched in all states across the nation.  The standards of hygiene and sanitation in many communities in Nigeria have been shown to be far from satisfactory in ensuring the survival and development of children – this is often due to a lack of awareness of the link between poor sanitation and health problems.

The launch is part of activities under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2005 between Unilever & UNICEF Nigeria. In the agreement, Unilever Nigeria has provided N78.6million over a three-year period for UNICEF to implement a Hand Washing, hygiene education and environmental sanitation project in 222 primary Schools across Nigeria (6 schools per state) as part of UNICEF’s Child Friendly Schools Initiative with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Mr. Ayalew Abai, UNICEF Country Representative commended UNILEVER’s commitment to improving hygiene in schools noting that “if Nigeria is to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, private sector support like this would be crucial”

Unilever’s support for this campaign will go towards enhancing the resources UNICEF already provides for water and environmental sanitation, such as providing hand washing facilities and soap, setting up Environmental Health Clubs in schools to provide hygiene education and building and refurbishing existing water and sanitation facilities in selected schools.

For further information please contact:

  • Geoffrey Njoku, UNICEF Communication Officer, 08035352130;
  • Zakariyah Agberemi, UNICEF Water and Sanitation Project Officer, 08035350985



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