The organizations are donating health and hygiene products to 25 government hospitals, 30 tea garden workers, as well as to marginalised communities
Unilever has globally committed €50 million in product donation to global health bodies, and most of these donations are directed to Unicef and UNHCR to help those in most need amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of that partnership, Unilever and Unicef in Bangladesh is donating health and hygiene products to 25 government hospitals, 30 tea garden workers as well as to marginalised communities who lack access to hygiene products.
Unicef, in consultation with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), identified 25 government hospitals who are providing Covid-19 treatment all over Bangladesh for the Unilever product donation.
Of the 25 hospitals, eight hospitals including Kurmitola General Hospital, Kuwait Maitree Hospital, Dhaka Medical College & Hospital, Mugda Medical College & Hospital etc. are from Dhaka, while the rest are from across the country.
Unicef has been working with Bangladesh Tea Association (BTA) over the years to improve tea workers conditions.
They identified 30 tea estates and distributed cleaning and personal hygiene products for tea workers in the country.
Unilever is also supporting Unicef’s efforts to enhance sanitation and hygiene through the donation of bar soaps to help slow the spread of the virus in rural community of Bangladesh.
Unicef will be distributing the bar soaps through their widespread WASH programme which is working to improve the hygienic behavior of the vulnerable community.
"Considering the scale of the challenge, and in order to address it at multiple levels, we are collaborating with the government, health institutions, implementation partners and civil society," said Kedar Lele, chairman and managing director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.
Strategic collaboration between the public sector and businesses is critical during this crisis, said Veera Mendonca, Unicef deputy representative in Bangladesh.