Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in July this year, Amref Health Africa CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi and Unilever Africa President Mr Bruno Witvoet visited the Kibera Community Health Centre to see the progress of the partnership.
The two institutions have joined forces to increase public awareness about proper sanitation and hygiene practices, and to encourage long-term behavioural change in communities across the country, targeting school children and the general public.
At the Kibera Health Centre, which is run by Amref Health Africa, community health volunteers demonstrated how they encourage proper hand-washing within the informal settlement. New mothers at the health centre and family members are given information on proper hygiene in order to protect the mothers and their babies from sanitation-related illnesses. Health workers at the facility reported that there was improved hygiene awareness in the community despite water supply challenges.
Also present during the visit were Unilever East Africa CEO Marc Engel and Amref Health Africa’s Country Director for Kenya, Dr Meshack Ndirangu.