UNICEF partners with Colgate to improve hand-washing practice to help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19
Ho Chi Minh City (VIET NAM), 28 July 2020 – UNICEF Viet Nam has partnered with Colgate to distribute 250,000 bars of soap to children in need in Ho Chi Minh City and 13 Mekong Delta provinces of Vietnam. Donated by Colgate as part of their response to COVID-19, the soap bars will reach 1.5 million school children and those in social protection centers, with generous support from DHL Global Forwarding (Viet Nam).
Handwashing with soap is critical, not only to combat COVID-19, but to prevent a range of other infections. It is also essential in stopping the spread of intestinal worms – little creatures that enter a child’s system robbing them of essential nutrients, affecting their health and curbing their capacity to learn. Despite the many reasons to wash regularly, this life-saving practice has not been practiced regularly in Vietnam.
“Proper handwashing is crucial to Vietnam’s continued success in containing the spread of COVID-19. UNICEF is working with other stakeholders, including the private sector to ensure that thorough hand hygiene is accessible to all, especially to those in disadvantaged areas”, said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam.
Colgate has joined the #SafeHands campaign to highlight the importance of handwashing with soap as one of the most effective and affordable health interventions. The campaign seeks to transform handwashing from a daily chore to a positive habit, especially in the vulnerable communities.
“As one of the world’s leading consumer product goods companies, we’re proud to partner with UNICEF to reach children most in need, to respond to COVID-19 and other diseases challenging the health of children, by providing messages and facilities to make clean hands. As our mission is to see people having good health, we are donating 250,000 bars of soap to Vietnamese and 25 million around the world. By providing access to quality soaps, and knowledge on proper handwashing, we would like to see behaviour change in a sustainable way, ensuring children enjoy healthy lives and fulfil their dreams”, said Hari Nandhan Devasenapathy, General Manager, Colgate Vietnam.
UNICEF continues its emergency response for children in Viet Nam and scales up its key life-saving interventions on critical medical, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, access to essential healthcare, nutrition, education, social and child protection services for the most vulnerable children in Viet Nam.
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