Using Global Handwashing Day 2013 as a drive to change hygiene behaviour in school children, the State Government of Osun, Nigeria UNILEVER and the Partnership for Child Development (PCD) announced their commitment to improving the health and well-being of Nigerian children indicated by a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). 

The UL, PCD AND OSG team on GHD 2013.jpgThe MoU, which was announced at Global Handwashing Day celebrations in Osun State, aims to see the implementation of integrated school health education and behavioural change activities including hygiene, oral care, nutrition and sustainable energy consumption.

Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, noted that "the State in collaboration with UNILEVER and PCD is committed to leaving no stone unturned to create a model state for hygiene". He continued, “We use this opportunity to create awareness in the general populace to imbibe the culture of handwashing, to sensitize policy makers, to give proper attention to schools to provide handwashing materials.”

Other key officials representing Osun State ministries and departments attended the celebrations where awareness was raised on the impact of handwashing with soap for child survival and prevention of life threatening diseases to over 650 children from 37 Osun State secondary schools. Officials also took part in speeches, demonstrations and the appointment of school pupil health promoters.

Dr. Victor Ajieroh, Nutrition and Health Manager for UNILEVER also highlighted that the company was happy to be part of the day, he said "It is scientifically settled that handwashing with soap can cut diarrheal diseases." And that through the MoU, “the promotion of knowledge, behaviour and practices on soap use for handwashing and improved hygiene will be ensured."

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