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The Wellbeing Foundation Africa Hosts First Stakeholder Engagement Meeting for Dettol Hygiene Quest Program

On July 26-27, 2024, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa held its inaugural stakeholder engagement meeting for the ongoing Dettol Hygiene Quest Program. In partnership with Reckitt, this initiative aims to improve hygiene practices, reduce preventable diseases, enhance school attendance and academic performance, while empowering communities, and supporting Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 across Abuja, Lagos, and Kwara states.

Central to the program's approach is the active involvement of #WBFA nurses and midwives, who play a crucial role in educating school students, mothers in healthcare facilities, and community members on effective handwashing techniques. This hands-on strategy aims to deliver improved health benefits and mitigate the spread of diseases.

The stakeholder meeting convened various participants from ministries, departments, agencies, schools, and healthcare facilities. In Abuja, stakeholders included representatives from the Federal Ministry of Health, National Population Commission, Rural Water Supply Agency, and the Universal Basic Education Board. In Lagos, attendees comprised the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, community leaders, and representatives from primary healthcare centers and junior secondary schools. Kwara's delegation featured officials from the Kwara State Universal Basic Education, Ministry of Education, and various personnel from primary healthcare centers and schools

Dr. Francis Ogbise, Director of Programs, Impact, and Sustainability at The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, set the tone for the meeting with a reaffirmation of the Foundation's commitment. He emphasized the urgent need to combat water-related diseases, particularly in light of recent cholera outbreaks, and to expand the practice of handwashing across more communities, schools, and facilities.

Program achievements highlighted at the meeting included surpassing targets for hygiene education sessions in schools, healthcare facilities, and communities. For the first quarter , the program exceeded its goals with 7,765 students reached through school lessons, 3,244 mothers educated in facilities, and 3,096 community members educated in hygiene practices across the three states.

Looking ahead, the next phase of the program aims to expand its reach significantly: targeting 23 schools to reach 16,800 students, engaging 24 communities comprising 1,692 members, and conducting visits to 12 facilities, reaching 2,880 women.

Participants expressed appreciation for the meeting's insights and provided valuable feedback on sustaining and enhancing the program's impact within their respective organizations. Anticipation was high for the upcoming quarter, with stakeholders eager to see continued progress and expansion of the Hygiene Quest initiatives across the three states.

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