Unilever Malawi joined the rest of the World on Tuesday to celebrate Lifebuoy Global Handwashing Day, which took place at Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre dedicated to promoting the lifesaving potential of handwashing with soap.
Through Lifebuoy, Unilever will teach a child hygiene education, helping to stop the spread of preventable illnesses and cut the number of schooldays missed through illness.
The campaign theme was ” No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow”.
In his speech, Principle Secretary in the ministry of Health, Chris Kang’ombe said government is pleased with Unilever Company for fighting against the diseases which can be prevented by hand washing with soap.
He said handwashing with Lifebuoy soap is one of the most effective and low cost ways to prevent diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia,
Kang’ombe said the ministry of health will work with Unilever Company as a partner in the fight against the communicable diseases which can be prevented through hand washing with soap.
He said they are among the common causes of hospital admissions and deaths among children in Malawi.
“It is sad that as a nation we lose such a number of innocent lives when they could have been saved using simple methods like hand washing with soap,” said Kang’ombe.
Kang’ombe also stressed that this campaign will assist Malawi to remain on track towards cutting deaths in fewer than five children by two thirds by 2015.
During the ceremony there were many high profile people like the director of preventative health services Dr Storn Kabuluzi, Unilever
Malawi country’s manager Chikondi Ng’ombe
Ng’ombe said the handwashing intervention initiative is part of Unilever’s positioning as a responsible business – simultaneously generating social good and shareholder profit.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :