Unilever Zimbabwe was saluted by Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima for its continued social corporate responsibility after it donated a borehole and refurbished toilets at Chizungu Primary School in Epworth last week.
Speaking at the Global Hand-washing Day ceremony held at Chizungu Primary School in Harare, Honorable Paul Mavima commended the effort being made by Unilever in promoting hygiene in the country. He remarked the duty being taken by the company in ensuring hygiene at schools and potentially protecting learners from diarrheal diseases.
The minister said “Early this year we had an outbreak of Typhoid in Budiriro and Unilever through Domestos and Lifebuoy brands partnered with the City Council of Harare to assist in fighting the epidemic and over 100 Unilever employees worked hand in hand with the residents of Budiriro and the City Of Harare employees in the clean-up campaigns’.
At the event President for Unilever Africa Mr Bruno Witvoet emphasised the importance of hand-washing in schools because these are the places were diarrheal diseases easily spreads.He said that they want to make a difference in Africa by creating quality, affordable products and promoting healthy hygiene habits by engaging in awareness campaigns and helping societies during times of serious outbreaks especially diarrhea and typhoid diseases.
‘The World Health Organization Media Centre (May 2017) clearly indicates that diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children. Unfortunately we have been having acute outbreaks of diarrheal diseases over the years in. These diseases like typhoid and cholera would simply be reduced by hand-washing with soap under running water’.
Unilever was applauded for its global efforts and its partnerships with UNICEF ,PLAN and USAID for initiating Hand-washing Commemorations where they teach and promote hygiene in schools.