Colgate Palmolive and UNICEF distribute 250,000 soap bars to help stop the spread of COVID-19

10 December 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School children show off the bar soaps donated to their school.
Noreen Chambers
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School children show off the bar soaps donated to their school.

PORT MORESBY, 10 DECEMBER 2020 – UNICEF is facilitating the distribution of 250,000 bars of soap to 200,000 people including children to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and promote the prevention of infectious diseases by frequently washing hands with soap and water.

The 250,000 soap bars for Papua New Guinea are part of 25 million soap bars that Colgate Palmolive produced and donated globally in support of the World Health Organisation’s #SafeHands effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Hand washing with soap is one of the most basic of public health interventions that protects us against harmful diseases and UNICEF, through a collaboration with Colgate Palmolive in Papua New Guinea, is happy to facilitate the distribution of these soaps to those who need it, UNICEF Acting Representative, Judith Bruno said.

“We thank Colgate Palmolive for this generous support and also take this opportunity to remind the public of the importance of frequent handwashing with soap at critical times as a key prevention measure against the spread of infectious diseases,” Bruno reiterated

“One of the most important ways we can help stop the spread of this virus is for organizations from every sector to bring together the best of what we each do for the greater good,” Noel Wallace, Colgate-Palmolive Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said when announcing the initiatives.

“Colgate’s very purpose is to advance the health and wellness of people and their pets. We recognize we have a profound responsibility - now more than ever - to help protect people.”

UNICEF, through the support of implementing partners has already distributed 196,000 soap bars to 240 schools, 55 health centres and 800 communities in four districts – Nawaeb in Morobe Province, Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province, Hagen Central in Western Highlands Province and Central Bougainville in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The remaining 54,000 soap bars will be distributed to 50 selected schools in the National Capital District in the coming days. These schools are also already benefitting from group hand washing facilities that UNICEF installed earlier in the year through funding support provided by the Government of Japan.

UNICEF launched the start of the NCD soap distribution with a small event at the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Port Moresby today and urged teachers and students to continue the practice of hand washing with soap while on school holidays.

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