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Group supports Water Aid’s COVID-19 response with N284m

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A NON-GOVERNMENTAL Organisation, Heineken Africa Foundation has donated a sum of N284 million (€622,000) to Water Aid Nigeria for its COVID-19 emergency response work.

 The donation will help vulnerable communities protect themselves against the spread of the COVID -19 disease .

Statement from Water Aid said that the project is designed to strengthen the ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease in Nigeria by supporting the government to promote hygiene practices and hygiene behavioural  change on a massive scale.

The statement reads: “More than 1,000 much needed hand washing facilities will be installed in healthcare centres 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.

Water Aid observed that: “Hand washing with soap is the first line of defense against the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, and that statistics revealed more than 160 million people lack access to basic hand washing facilities, increasing the risk of infection.

“The funds are part of the Heineken Africa Foundation’s generous N547 million (€1.2 million) donation to Water Aid to support the international charity’s water, sanitation and hygiene work in vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In Nigeria, the project will last for seven months – the Foundation will support Water Aid’s work in South Africa, Rwanda and Mozambique. 

Evelyn Mere, Water Aid Nigeria’s Country Director, said: The need for clean water and good hygiene has never been more urgent as we battle to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Hand washing 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 and a staggering 167 million, that’s 84 per cent of the population lack access to basic hand washing  facilities with soap and water, making it easy  for the virus to spread.

Suzanne Giele, the Heineken Africa Foundation General Manager said: “The support of the Heineken Africa Foundation will provide vital support to help us scale up our COVID-19 response work”

She noted 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.

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