Posted: Friday, October 1, 2021. 11:22 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: A handwashing stations initiative led by the WASH Multi-Sectoral Body and sponsored by UNICEF is finally reaching its target.
According to the Toledo District Health Services, handwashing stations donated by UNICEF were delivered to 9 schools from the Toledo district including San Vicente, Jalacte, Pueblo Viejo, Indian Creek, Santa Elena, Big Falls, Sunday Wood, Laguna, Forest Home. and Mafredi.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) said in mid-July that it received 29 handwashing stations from UNICEF Belize as part of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program led by the WASH Multi-Sectoral Body.
The 29 handwashing stations will be given to Toledo rural primary schools said the MOHW in a Government of Belize Press Office release.
The MOHW said that “Last year, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOHW engaged with teachers and principals in Toledo who expressed their concerns and needs around access to clean water.”
In mid-July, The MOHW said it had received the stations in the presence of principals of some of the schools that will be recipients.”
The handwashing stations would be sent to 29 primary schools in 29 Toledo rural communities. This week’s delivery fulfils part of the handwashing program.
“These handwashing stations will better equip the schools to prepare for the reopening of the next school year,” said the MOHW.
In expressing his appreciation to UNICEF, Minister of Health & Wellness Michel Chebat said the donation was timely and that it underlined “the message of handwashing, as this remains the simplest act in reinforcing the fight against COVID-19.”
“The WASH Multi-Sectoral Body, spearheaded in part by the Ministry of Health & Wellness, was formed after the MOHW requested assistance from UNICEF in the development of a WASH proposal to complement water systems in rural Belize,” said the Press Office release.
UNICEF’S Early Childhood Development and Education Officer Denise Robateau explained the the WASH Program and the role the Program played in making sure the wash stations were built properly and are appropriately distributed to deserving schools.
The GOB Press Office release said the wash stations were made by Cortez Limited in St. Matthew’s Village, Cayo District.
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