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160 Bars of Soap for Hygiene & Health

Now more than ever, we all recognise the importance of handwashing. But 40 percent of the world simply don’t have access to handwashing facilities.

Your gift will provide 160 bars of soap for use in health centres, schools and child-friendly spaces wherever the need is greatest. Regularly washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of diseases.

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Slipping away from deadly diseases with a bar of soap

Girls washing hands with soap © UNICEF/UN0507478

School children in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are washing their hands with soap and clean water in the playground.

Handwashing with soap is recognised as one of the most inexpensive and, more importantly, effective way of preventing the spread of infectious diseases. In a time where the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rampage on a global scale, the importance of handwashing with soap has never been more critical to stopping its spread, as well as other deadly-yet-preventable illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and influenza.

Despite its effectiveness, 63 per cent of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Kisangani, still don't have access to basic handwashing tools, placing its communities at the higher risk of contracting and spreading deadly diseases due to the population density.

Around the world, more than 900 million children are unable to access handwashing facilities with clean water and soap at their schools, not only putting their lives at risk, but also their ability to go to school.

Over the past year, UNICEF has been upscaling the distribution of hygiene essentials including bars of soap, to ensure even the most vulnerable communities are protected.

Protect and empower children with an essential gift of hygiene today.

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Inspired Gifts are a collection of charity gifts essential for child survival and development. They provide crucial aid to children living in areas affected by poverty, conflict or natural disaster. When you order an Inspired Gift for family or friends, real supplies like vaccines and food are shipped from UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen to children and families in need around the world.

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