Lusaka, 16 November 2017 – It is hard to imagine what life would be like without having a clean and safe toilet when you need it, but the reality for 1 in 3 people globally. Unilever Zambia knows that improved sanitation is a basic human right but 2.4 billion people across the globe do not have access to clean, functional toilets. Of these, almost half -1.3 billion people – practice open defecation and are exposed to infectious diseases brought about by poor toilet sanitation. In addition, 443 million sick days are taken by children because of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related diseases every year.
Celebrated annually on the 19th of November, World Toilet Day is an initiative that aims to create awareness and improve toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. “With sanitation being the foundation of public health in Zambia, Unilever’s household care brand Domestos – that ‘kills all known germs dead’- has committed to help 25 million people gain access to a toilet by 2020 globally. Locally, Unilever Zambia in 2016 provided improved toilet facilities by renovating the ablution block at the Intercity Bus Terminal where over 200,000 people benefited from these improvements” said Pumeza Mciteka, Marketing Manager at Unilever.
This year alone, Domestos launched the Germ Busters Schools Programme in primary schools in Lusaka. The Schools Programme aims to get learners to become brand ambassadors to their parents and spread awareness on the importance of keeping toilets hygienically clean at all times. The Schools Programme in its inaugural year reached over 5,000 learners in five primary schools.
“As Unilever Zambia, what we are most proud of is that Mumana Primary School has been awarded with blocks of toilets that have been fully refurbished. This school won this award of toilet renovations due to the level of response from the leaners and parents, and the exceptional enthusiasm of the learners and educators of the school. And so, over 1,000 leaners will benefit from using these improved toilets” said Pumeza.
The Ministries of Education and Health thanked Unilever for its commitment to improving sanitation in Lusaka at Mumana Primary School, and called on parents, teachers and children to safeguard the refurbished toilets.
“We believe the collaboration of business and government will lead to the optimal development of sustainable solutions to issues affecting our communities. As Unilever we will continue to invest our efforts in brands that have a social purpose, such as Domestos, brands that aim to make proper sanitation accessible in cities and mirror Unilever’s vitality mission of creating a Brighter Future for communities,” concluded Pumeza.
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