World Health Day: Around 2,500 families receive handwashing sets and hygiene kits
Activities were carried out in coordination with the Municipalities of Ancón and Santa Rosa as part of the intervention “Prevention in our hands to tackle COVID-19,” implemented by Save the Children.
Around 2,500 families received handwashing sets and hygiene kits as part of the project “Prevention in our hands to tackle COVID-19” implemented in North Lima by Save the Children, with support from Swiss Solidarity. These kits contained liquid detergent, liquid soap, bleach and surgical masks to provide protection against the virus in the intervention areas. Save the Children also intends to install 35 community handwashing stations and reinforce families’ knowledge of hygiene practices and COVID-19 prevention. Through all these actions, we seek to ensure access to supplies to make viable and promote adequate hygiene routines and behaviors to mitigate the spread of the disease.
“As the pandemic has brought to light, people living in vulnerable communities are more exposed to diseases. Therefore, it is essential to provide the necessary resources so that they can effectively protect themselves from COVID-19,” pointed out Roxana Pingo, Save the Children Project Coordinator, highlighting the importance of the initiative.
Besides, Carmen*, resident of the Santa Rosa district and project beneficiary, remarks that: “The kit we received makes it easier and more practical for us to wash ourselves. My children, who are small, can wash their little hands. It is a great help in these times of coronavirus”. Thus, on World Health Day, Save the Children reaffirms its commitment so that girls, boys, adolescents and families in the most vulnerable areas can enjoy their right to health.
With the project “Prevention in our hands to tackle COVID-19”, Save the Children proposes an integrated response in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), education and protection sectors. The intervention will seek to reach 19,00 families in collaborative work with local authorities, health authorities and community authorities with influence in peri-urban areas of Santa Rosa and Ancon in North Lima.
* Name changed as required by Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy