As part of its 2023 Global Handwashing Day initiatives, Dettol, a hygiene brand in Nigeria, has undertaken a project to supply clean water to a rural community known as Area J4, located within the Omo Forest reserve in Ogun State.
In a statement, the company noted that this endeavor involved the establishment of a solar-powered borehole and water facility to enhance access to clean and safe drinking water for the community.
It stated, “This action not only reinforces the 2023 GHWD theme that ‘Clean Hands Are Within Reach’ but also underscores the brand’s steadfast commitment to fostering healthier communities. Simultaneously, the brand also provided comprehensive hygiene education in partnership with the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, as well as the donation of Dettol soaps, Dettol hand sanitizers and other Sanitation items.
“This initiative is aimed at raising awareness about proper handwashing techniques and making hygiene accessible to even the far reached populations of the country. “
Speaking on the donations to the community, the General Manager, Reckitt Sub-Saharan Africa, Akbar Ali Shah, said fighting to make access to quality health and hygiene solutions was a right, and not a privilege.
He said, “Clean hands are critical for good hygiene, however, just as important is the access to clean water as the pivotal first step in the journey. In addition to providing clean water, providing the education is also essential for the sustainability of good hygiene practices. Dettol has been present in Nigeria for over 50 years, and through our communications, partnerships, and programs like the Dettol School Hygiene program, we have been raising awareness about the importance of hand washing with soap for overall well-being.
“Our impact also goes beyond the Area J4 Community in Ogun state, over the past 9 years we have reached over 10 million children and mothers around Nigeria with our hygiene education, and will continue to do so to achieve a cleaner and healthier nation.