Comprehensive plan to curb diarrhoea

Comprehensive plan to curb diarrhoea
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The NGO Save the Children, in association with consumer health and hygiene company RB, launched a ‘Stop Diarrhoea’ programme on Wednesday. The programme is aimed at preventing, controlling and treating diarrhoea. Funded by RB, the programme will implement the WHO and UNICEF seven-point plan to ensure comprehensive diarrhoea control.

The NGO Save the Children, in association with consumer health and hygiene company RB, launched a ‘Stop Diarrhoea’ programme on Wednesday. The programme is aimed at preventing, controlling and treating diarrhoea. Funded by RB, the programme will implement the WHO and UNICEF seven-point plan to ensure comprehensive diarrhoea control. Two innovative new hygiene and sanitation products were also unveiled.

Thomas Chandy, chief executive of Save the Children India, said, “The partnership aims to develop and sustain hygienic behaviour in Indian communities, which will help reduce the devastating number of children dying each year in India due to diarrhoea.”

(From left) Roberto Funari, Nitish Kapoor and Thomas Chandy addressing newsmen

Nitish Kapoor, chief executive of RB India, said, “RB has been funding Save the Children programmes in India since 2010 and has been able to see the real difference they have been making to the lives of Indian families. We believe that together RB and Save the Children can make a critical step towards a better understanding of water, hygiene and sanitation.”

To improve hand washing and community sanitation, RB and a few of their suppliers developed two unique products. The products include an affordable germ protection and a toilet powder to reduce the spread of infection from pit latrines. The powder deters flies, reduces faeces and has a pleasant fragrance all to make the pit latrines more hygienic and encourage communities to use the pit latrines versus defecating in public areas.

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