Global Handwashing Day at Faranani Primary School in Soweto

By Faeza
19 October 2015

Lifebuoy together with the Department of Health, the Department of Health and the Department of Water and Sanitation went to Faranani Primary School in Soweto to celebrate the 8th Global hand Washing day.

Dr Myriam Sidibe, Global Handwashing Day co-founder and Unilever Hygiene and Nutrition Social Mission Director for Africa was joined by Unilever Executive Vice-president of Africa, Bruno Witvoet, Acting Chief Director: Environmental and Port Health Services, Ms Aneliswa Cele and Unilever CEO, Peter Cowan for the celebration.

Dr Sidibe told us 50 % of diarrhoea could be prevented if people knew how to properly wash their hands, she further said: “Handwashing with soap can save lives. Help spread this knowledge.”

Mafikizolo is behind Global Goal number eight: “as Mafikizolo we chose goal number eight that speaks of job creation and economic growth and we also did a song together with other African artists called Tell Everybody about the right to voice out their concerns whether their concerns be poverty, job creation but they need to be assertive enough to tell their leaders, people that would like to tap into leadership these are their concerns.”

Faranani Primary School is part of ‘Unilever’s School of 5’ education programme that was launched in 2012 and aims to help children reach the age of 5 through awareness. South African iconic music group, Mafikizolo also told us that the Tell Everybody song encourages everybody to voice out their concerns and the changes they would like to see happening in the world.”

Lifebuoy recently released its latest ‘Help a Child Reach 5’ video (Click to WATCH) to help drive awareness of how critical it is to have good hygiene in the newborn period.