Dr. Koki Kinagwi with David Omondi of Unilever. (Photo: Amref Health Africa)
August 14, 2015 – Dr. Koki Kinagwi, Chief of Party of the USAID-funded APHIAplus IMARISHA program and Dr. Catherine Kanari, Project Manager at Amref Health Africa’s clinic in Kibera, accepted a donation of 80 Pureit water purifiers from Unilever yesterday afternoon. The donation is part of a public-private partnership agreement between Amref Health Africa and Unilever that began in July of this year. Unilever will support Amref Health Africa’s response to the outbreak of cholera in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi and the hardest hit by the outbreak.
The one-year partnership will support a number of activities including the training of community health volunteers and health teachers in the most affected neighborhoods to promote hygiene and further prevent the spread of the illness. Unilever will also distribute their Geisha Germiguard soap to advocate hand washing, a key preventive measure cholera and other diseases.
The water purifiers will be installed at Amref Health Africa’s clinic in Kibera and throughout other health facilities providing treatment to those affected by cholera. Amref Health Africa has been at the forefront of responding to cholera in Kibera since December 2014, when the outbreak began.