North Lima: Save the Children delivered community handwashing stations for the prevention of COVID-19

  • May 13, 2021
  • Area: Health and nutrition, Protection

Save the Children continues to work in coordination with the Municipalities of Ancon and Santa Rosa to strengthen the prevention of COVID-19 in North Lima within the framework of the project “Prevention In Our Hands.”

As part of the “Prevention In Our Hands” campaign, together with the districts of Ancon and Santa Rosa, Save the Children delivered 35 handwashing stations made out of fiberglass to be installed at strategic points with a large influx of people. The handwashing stations included supplies (gallons of liquid soap, rolls of paper towels) for 04 months.

Save the Children handed over the handwashing stations at ceremonies held in both districts attended by Verónica Valdivieso, Country Director; Pablo Castro, Humanitarian Response Director; and John Barrera Bernui and Alan Carrasco, Mayors of the districts of Ancon and Santa Rosa, respectively.

The handwashing stations have also been distributed in markets, health centers, and police stations to promote proper hygiene practices to prevent diseases such as coronavirus.

Verónica Valdivieso, Country Director of Save the Children in Peru, pointed out that “this contribution is essential to promote healthy practices in children, adolescents and their families. In this way, Save the Children, together with the districts of Ancon and Santa Rosa, join forces to keep children healthy and protected.” John Barrera, Mayor of the Municipality of Ancon, thanked Save the Children for the articulated work it has been carrying out in his district for several years: “We have been working with Save the Children in different activities, such as informative fairs on Disaster Risk Management, provision of humanitarian aid for the neighbors of Km. 39, and now the handwashing stations that are of vital importance for prevention and will be very useful in the markets and health centers,” said the municipal authority.

Together with this activity, Save the Children is delivering  2,500 handwashing kits, masks and family cleaning kits, and implementing an information campaign part of the project “Prevention in our hands to tackle COVID-19”, which promotes an integrated response in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), education and protection sectors.

The intervention seeks to reach the entire population of Santa Rosa and Ancon, in collaborative work with local, health and community authorities with influence in peri-urban areas of the districts.

The intervention implemented by Save the Children is supported by Swiss Solidarity.

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