Unilever Vietnam Continues to Cooperate with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education & Training to Improve People’s Health

10:09:15 AM | 8/2/2022

In the recent months, the epidemic situation in the world and Vietnam has become more and more complicated. Committed to joining hands with the government to improve hygienic condition and health for people, for a healthier Vietnam, Unilever have taken meaningful actions in the past 27 in Vietnam. This July, Unilever, in coordination with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and The People’s committee in Binh Duong province, has organized a conference to support the national patriotic hygiene movement to improve people's health in 2022.

The principal partner of “National patriotic hygiene movement” from Ministry of Health

After the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam is one of the countries facing the challenge of increasing dengue and hand, foot, and mouth diseases in many provinces and cities. From the beginning of 2022 until now, the whole country has recorded more than 92,000 cases and 36 deaths caused by dengue. The number of dengue cases is likely to spread in many provinces and cities, especially in the South, Central, and Highland regions.

Under these circumstances, on July 25, Unilever Vietnam with Lifebuoy and Vim brands supported the Ministry of Health and the People's Committee of Binh Duong to organize a conference to launch the national sanitation and personal hygiene movement to prevent epidemics, responding to the “National patriotic hygiene movement” to improve people's health in 2022. The event took place in Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong to mobilize all levels of authorities, mass organizations, socio-political organizations, each family and the whole society to actively participate and closely coordinate in activities to prevent and control hand, foot, mouth disease, and dengue to avoid outbreaks of infectious diseases in the near future, improving people’s health.

There are other activities supporting the national sanitation movement such as conducting in-field research at local areas where there are epidemic outbreaks, a series of communication activities to educate people on preserving environmental sanitation, larvae removal to prevent dengue, personal hygiene to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic and hand, foot and mouth diseases; organizing media parades in areas with epidemic outbreaks.

Mr. James Griffin, Vice President of Unilever Vietnam in the meeting to launch the national sanitation and personal hygiene movement

Ms. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Health, highly appreciated the timely cooperation of Unilever Vietnam Foundation and Lifebuoy and Vim brands. “Unilever Vietnam's contributions in recent years have become a practical part of the national patriotic hygiene movement to improve people's health, which mainly focuses on environmental sanitation, personal hygiene, preventing and fighting epidemics, in accordance with the Prime Minister's Decision on the 'Patriotic Hygiene Day” every 2nd July”, she said.

Making relentless effort "For a healthier Vietnam" with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education & Training

During 27 years of presence in Vietnam, Unilever has always been committed to joining hands with the government and local authorities in improving people’s health and hygiene conditions through building and disseminating education on personal hygiene habits and habitat. This is one of the key pillars in the sustainable development program that Unilever Vietnam has been pursuing for many years.

Through "For a healthier Vietnam" program with Ministry of Health since 2007, Unilever Vietnam has directly helped more than 22 million people improve their hygiene and health conditions with practical innovative programs from P/S, Lifebuoy, Vim, Knorr, OMO, PureIt.

“Lifebuoy - Handwashing with soap for a healthier Vietnam” has provided free soaps and built handwashing with soap habits to more than 10 million people at schools and in the community.

Communications campaigns on personal hygiene, handwashing with soap and disease prevention have reached more than 35 million Vietnamese people nationwide via public media and mass communications channels.

This year, Lifebuoy also continues to implement phase 2 with “Stay strong Vietnam, for a healthier Vietnam” program, with the mission of increasing access to proper handwashing with soap and hand sanitizer for more than 10 million Vietnamese children by 2025.

Since 1998, "P/S - Protecting Vietnam's smiles" program was started with voluntary dental buses to urban and rural areas to provide oral examination and treatment for millions of students and teachers at pre-schools and primary schools across the country.

Until now, the program has reached and educated 25 million students, approached 10 million people through online media, and organized free dental check-ups for more than 7 million children. The program also awarded more than 8 million sets of dental products to students nationwide.

The program "Vim – Clean toilet journey” not only brings 1,130 standard school toilets to millions of children across Vietnam, but also educates more than 4.7 million people on environmental sanitation in the community.

“Green – Clean – Healthy School” program led and implemented by Unilever's brands since 2012 aims for the comprehensive development of children through upgrading school facilities and implementing education on hygiene and healthcare. By 2020, the program helped build 445 children's safety playgrounds, upgrade and build 1,000 clean toilets in 762 primary schools, provide free hand soap, and educate 7.2 million students nationwide on proper handwashing habits.

As a part of the upcoming plan, Unilever Vietnam with the joints of 6 brands (P/S, Lifebuoy, Vim, Knorr, OMO, PureIt) will offer 3 educational pillars including hygiene, nutrition, and environmental protection through 2 main activities (upgrading school facilities and digital curriculum on 5 green - clean - healthy habits (Brush teeth day and night, maintain clean toilets, wash hands with soap frequently, drink boiled or filtered water, and plant trees to protect the environment). All these actions serve the same mission: to build a new national standard of health, hygiene and nutrition for 100% of primary schools nationwide by 2025, towards the comprehensive development of Vietnamese children.

During the intense period of Covid-19 in 2020-2021, Unilever supported Ministry of Health to fight pandemic with the program “Stay Strong Vietnam”

Through this program, Unilever Vietnam actively cooperated with Ministry of Health to distribute a national communications campaign on personal hygiene and COVID-19 prevention to the community, typically with 5K safety message, achieving nearly 750 million reach on mass communication channels. 113 Lifebuoy handwashing stations were installed in public areas, contributed to raise awareness and encourage people to wash their hands with soap and maintain personal hygiene to prevent Covid-19. Unilever also supported 2.5 million hygiene products to more than 2.6 million people at schools, hospitals and health centers, women's unions, CDCs, youth associations across the country

“All of the above figures demonstrate the close, effective coordination and synergy between the Ministry of Health, local authorities and businesses – of which Unilever Vietnam is a pioneer. In 2022, Ministry of Health and local authorities will continue to take action to prevent the risk of emerging disease outbreak as well as other existing diseases in the country. We are committed to continuously supporting Ministry of Health to raise awareness, encourage people to take action to keep environmental sanitation and maintain personal hygiene to prevent diseases effectively through communication activities and products, joining hands to build a healthier Vietnam”, said Mr. James Griffin, Vice President of Unilever Vietnam.

D.A (Vietnam Business Forum)