Vlisco African Company (VAC) and UNICEF sign partnership to provide masks to street children and community health workers in Togo.
Lomé, 22 Mai 2020 – The VAC Togo has just donated five thousand five hundred washable masks to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Togo. It will be distributed to street children in Lomé, social actors working to reintegrate these children and community health workers in the Kara and Savanes regions. These masks were designed based on the manufacturing model defined by the AFNOR SPEC S-76 001 standards, validated by Togo. Already certified by the World Health Organization (WHO), these masks are produced by VAC Togo's certified stylists, using fabrics from the Vlisco group.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the conditions of girls and boys living in the streets of Lomé. They do not have masks and have limited access to water and soap, necessary to practice the barrier measures. Thanks to this donation from VAC Togo, these children will be able to protect themselves against COVID-19 while continuing to benefit from child protection activities.
According to the WHO, compliance with barrier measures remains the best way to break the chain of contamination. Part of the VAC-Togo grant will also help equip 2,000 community health workers (CHWs) with protection kits in the regions with the highest child mortality indicators: Kara and Savanes. These community health workers are trained to detect and treat simple cases of the deadliest child diseases (malaria, diarrheal and respiratory diseases, malnutrition) but also to promote simple life-saving gestures.
"This donation of masks comes at the right time for the protection of girls and boys in street situations and for the CHWs who are on the front line with families in rural areas in the fight against COVID-19," said Dr. Aissata BA SIDIBE, UNICEF Representative in Togo.
For Louis-Philippe BARTET, Executive Director of the VAC Togo, "This health situation affects more vulnerable people than other segments of society. For the Vlisco group, it is very important that all children, who are the future of humanity, are protected and that they adopt the barrier measures so that we all succeed".
"I congratulate VAC Togo for this initiative to reach out to vulnerable children and rural communities during this period of COVID-19” added Dr. Aissata BA SIDIBE.
For UNICEF, companies have the potential to improve the lives of children through the way they operate their facilities, develop and market their products, provide services and influence economic and social development. This is even more evident in this context of crisis.
In the face of the unprecedented scale of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF, at the global level, is mobilizing the private sector for their involvement in interventions to anticipate and mitigate the negative effects on children.
The signing ceremony of the donation agreement took place on Wednesday 20 May at VAC Togo headquarters.
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About the Vlisco Group
Since 1846, Vlisco has been printing and marketing fabrics called Dutch Wax which are distributed in West and Central Africa. Present in Africa through its four brands (Vlisco, Uniwax, Woodin and GTP), the Vlisco Group has textile factories in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Holland. Today, the fabrics of the Vlisco Group are an integral part of African culture and are part of the individual expression of the women who wear them
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