Unilever, UNICEF to support Bangladesh’s fight against Covid-19

Staff Correspondent

29 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Unilever, UNICEF to support Bangladesh’s fight against Covid-19

Unilever introduced a wide-ranging set of measures to support world and national efforts to help tackle the spread of the virus.

Unilever has globally committed €50 million in product donation to Global Health Bodies and most of these donations are directed to UNICEF and UNHCR to help those in most need, said a press release.

Under the global partnership, Unilever and UNICEF in Bangladesh is donating health and hygiene products to 25 government hospitals, 30 tea garden workers as well as to marginalised community who lacks to access hygiene products.

UNICEF in consultation with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) identified 25 government hospitals who are providing COVID-19 treatment all over Bangladesh for the Unilever product donation.

Of the twenty-five hospitals, eight hospitals including Kurmitola General Hospital, Kuwait Maitree Hospital, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Mugda Medical College and Hospital etc. are from Dhaka alone while the rest is from across the country.

On the other hand, tea garden workers are often among the marginalized and vulnerable members of society. They are particularly at risk during the coronavirus pandemic because they can have limited access to water, sanitation systems and health facilities.

UNICEF has been working with Bangladesh Tea Association (BTA) over the years to improve tea workers conditions. As part of UNILEVER and UNICEF collaboration, UNICEF and BTA identified 30 tea estates and distributed cleaning and personal hygiene products for tea workers in the country.

As part of this donation Unilever is supporting UNICEF’s efforts to enhance sanitation and hygiene through the donation of bar soaps to help slow the spread of the virus in rural community of Bangladesh.  UNICEF will be distributing the bar soaps through their widespread WASH programme which is working to improve the hygienic behavior of the vulnerable community.

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is a special program of the United Nations (UN) devoted to aiding national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children.