HEINEKEN Africa Foundation is supporting WaterAid Nigeria’s Covid-19 emergency response work with N284 million (€622,000) donation, which will help vulnerable communities protect themselves against the spread of disease.
WaterAid Nigeria’s Country Director, Evelyn Mere disclosed that the support from Heineken Foundation will provide vital support to help scale up Covid-19 response work.
“The need for clean water and good hygiene has never been more urgent as we battle to contain the spread of Covid-19. Handwashing with water and soap is the first line of defense against Covid-19, but around 60 million Nigerians don’t have access to clean water”.
“Also a staggering 167 million, that’s 84% of the population, lack access to basic handwashing facilities with soap and water, making it easy for the virus to spread. The support of the Heineken Africa Foundation will provide vital support to help us scale up our Covid-19 response work.”
“Handwashing with soap is the first line of defense against the spread of infectious diseases such as Covid-19, but according to government statistics more than 160 million lack access to basic handwashing facilities with soap and water, increasing the risk of infection.”
“The funds are part of the Heineken Africa Foundation’s generous N547 million (€1.2 million) donation to WaterAid to support the international charity’s water, sanitation and hygiene work in vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
HEINEKEN Africa Foundation General Manager, Suzan Giele explained that clean water, decent sanitation, and hygiene are basic human rights but unfortunately vulnerable communities, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to these basic essentials. “Water, sanitation, and hygiene have been on our agenda for many years, and I am happy that we will scale up and accelerate our efforts in this field because handwashing with soap not only helps to protect against the spread of COVID-19 but also other infectious diseases. Together with WaterAid, I hope we can make a difference for communities during these very challenging times and after.”
The project is designed to strengthen ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease in Nigeria by supporting national and state governments to promote hygiene practices and hygiene behavior change on a massive scale.
More than 1,000 much-needed handwashing facilities will be installed in healthcare centers and other busy public places in Nigeria. Hygiene product packs will be distributed to 12,000 households and 6,000 people with disabilities. A large-scale hygiene campaign will also be carried out on TV, radio, and billboards. It is hoped the project will reach millions of people across the country.