Unilever collaborates with Amref Health Africa to fight cholera outbreak
First reported in December 2014, the outbreak has now affected 16 counties in Kenya despite officials’ best efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Approximately 100 people have died since then, and the disease has affected nearly 5,000.
Informal settlements in Kenya have experienced the most casualties because these areas have poor sanitation and lack access to clean water. The collaboration with Unilever will raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation throughout the country by specifically targeting the general community and schoolchildren by encouraging people to implement long-term behavioral change.
This cholera response is the first that will take place under a one-year extendable partnership that is further detailed in a memorandum of understanding. The document was signed by Marc Engle, CEO for Unilever’s East Africa and Emerging Markets, and Githinji Gitahi, CEO of Amref Health Africa.
“This is sad and unacceptable because cholera is a preventable illness,” Gihati said.