Sightsavers’ Sunday Isiyaku was on the panel at the event, which launched Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap brand in Nigeria. He explained the life-saving benefits of the partnership, in which Unilever provides soap and other materials used for the programme. He said: “Washing your face and hands with soap can make all the difference in keeping communities free of diseases like trachoma. While Sightsavers and our partners have made great strides in tackling trachoma with antibiotics and surgery, environmental factors and personal hygiene are crucial steps in preventing its spread and eliminating it for good.
“Getting into classrooms and sharing these messages with school children is key to the fight against preventable disease. We are really excited about this global partnership with Unilever and the opportunity to bring educational programmes into Nigerian schools.”
Singer Omawumi, Lifebuoy’s brand ambassador in Nigeria, was also on the panel. She said: “As a mother of two young children, I simply cannot imagine losing them to everyday preventable infections. It is a shame that hundreds of thousands of Nigerian children die before their fifth birthday each year. We must do more. I’m thrilled to partner with Lifebuoy to empower young Nigerian parents with the life-saving message of hand and face washing with soap. I look forward to lending my voice and influence to further this effort.”
The Super School of Five programme has been supported by governments and funders including The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and UK aid.