Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator (Second from left) with UNICEF and Ministry of Health representatives at the event.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) jointly organised an awareness programme on the eve of Global Hand Washing Day on 15 October 2018 at Emalus Campus in Vanuatu.
Bringing together over 60 students, University staff, Government, civil society and private sector representatives, the event aimed to raise awareness on the impacts of unhealthy practices pertained to hand washing.
The learning event highlighted what organisations and private sector in the Pacific are doing to improve hand washing practices in the communities.
Mr Ruben Markward, USP Emalus Campus Director, welcomed the participants and expressed his appreciation on behalf of USP to partners, like UNICEF, World Vision, Live & Learn and the Vanuatu Ministry of Health (MoH).
He encouraged these stakeholders to increasingly consider the University in their operations in Vanuatu, adding that “we would welcome the opportunity to be part of your programmes in future as well”.
He also thanked students and staff for their attendance, adding that this shows their willingness to learn more about the topic and hope to practice this healthy habit of hand washing back in their homes.
Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator, thanked UNICEF for considering USP as a partner in disseminating awareness on the eve of Global Hand Washing Day.
He reaffirmed that they are more than welcome to be partnered in all events organised by UNICEF in Vanuatu.
Emalus Campus has been widely promoting such events in bringing public awareness on healthy living for students and staff who are in turn enthusiastic about spreading the message.
Multiple presentations were part of the event from various stakeholders and they included:
• Mrs Emily Rand Mrs Rebecca Olul of UNICEF who facilitated questions and answers from the audience;
• Ms Iva Koroisamanunu from Live and Learn whoe shared results from MoH on habit formation materials.
• Mr Philip Baxter from World Vision, discussed and demonstrated pros and cons of the hand-washing stations which are being displayed at the event.
Mr Len Tarivonda, Director, Public Health, MoH thanked USP and UNICEF for organising the awareness event on the eve of Global Hand Washing Day.
He said, MoH has been striving hard in organising such events, thus bringing about public awareness for a healthier Vanuatu.
Mrs Emily Rand, UNICEF, Water and Sanitation Specialist, Vanuatu thanked USP for facilitating the awareness programme and hopes to work with USP again in future.
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