Unilever and the Millennium Village Project unveiled a new partnership today to mark the 5th Global Handwashing day. The partnership aims to reduce diarrhoeal diseases by improving hygiene in MVP villages in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
"Diarrhoea and pneumonia are the two leading causes of under-5 deaths, accounting for around 30% of children's deaths globally - more than two million lives lost each year. More than 80% of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Addressing these challenges through improved hygiene is a vital and effective step towards saving lives and achieving the global Millennium Development Goal to reduce the child mortality rate by two-thirds by 2015," said Jeff Sachs. [view whole blog post ]