Unilever Malawi has launched its new advanced Lifebuoy health soap into the market amidst a pledge to improve health and hygiene as well as reduce environmental impact and enhance the livelihoods of communities in the country.
The remarks were made by Unilever Malawi Country Manager Chikondi Ng’ombe on Tuesday during the launch of the new Lifebuoy Soap at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.
She said the company’s desire to offer consumers world-class health protection and to help reduce the child mortality rate caused by germs and diseases.
Ng’ombe said the company believes that it can play a pivotal role in driving behavioural change that can improve the hygiene of Children, Families and Communities.
She said the new lifebuoy has incorporated patented technologies and bacterial active ingredients; adding Unilever has a long standing history of providing communities with brands that have a social purpose.
Ng’ombe said their company has a long standing history of providing communities with brands that have a social purpose.
She also said good hand washing habits are the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses; from the common cold to more serious infections.
“As such, mirror Unilever’s vitality mission of creating a brighter future for communities,” concluded Ng’ombe.
N’gombe said the launch of Lifebuoy marks Unilever’s commitment to fight germs and improve health and hygiene in Malawi through education on proper hygiene purposes and handwashing with soap. This she said it in consistent with the company’s brand promise to equip the public with the best soap that has agents which prevent the transmission of bacteria and flu-causing viruses.
In his speech, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dr Macphail Magwira commended Unilever Malawi for complementing government efforts in improving health and hygiene standards in the country.
Magwira said the country’s problem particularly arising from the issue of hygiene requires joint effort from all stakeholders.
He said, research has shown that hand washing is an effective way of reducing diarrhoea and pneumonia that negatively affect the country’s health sector.
“As such, Unilever Malawi must be commended for the step it has taken as the launch of this new powerful soap will just continue promoting good health practices that our ministry encourages,” said Magwira.
He then encouraged the public to use soap when washing hands saying the practice surpasses single vaccine let alone any kind of medication.
After the launch, Unilever Malawi went on Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, where they donated the newly launched lifebuoy soap to children ward.
Unilever Malawi Customer Marketing Manager Wongani Vinkhumbo said as part of their social responsibility they thought it wise to donate the new Lifebuoy soap at the hospital.
They donated seven cartons, which contains 144 tablets per carton.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Head Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Queen Dube hailed Unilever Malawi for the donation and lobbied other companies to emulate Unilever’s example.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :