Soap and handwashing

Almost one tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. A Nigerian child has an average of 4.3 diarrhoeal episodes per year, which account for 16% of child deaths, estimated at 150,000 deaths in the country each year.

Currently, in the rural north almost every household has soap. This soap is used for bathing once a day and, in the case of powdered detergents, for the washing of piled up pots, dishes and laundry. People in these communities wash their hands with plain water, and usually only in cases where they can see evidence of coloured dirt. Knowledge of the need to hand wash at critical times and the technique of effective hand washing is missing in these communities.

The programme will:

This will be achieved by working with private sector partners to develop soap products, and establishing community based distribution chains, communication channels and advocacy campaigns.