through improved sanitation
Unilever Foundation Ambassador Harsh Mishra believes in the power of sanitation to help save lives and develop communities.
Harsh Mishra works in Sales and Marketing for Hindustan Unilever Limited. Harsh wants to help make a positive change on a global scale. He doesn’t accept a world where disease ‘just happens’. He doesn’t accept a world where a child dies every two minutes from preventable diarrhoeal diseases. Harsh believes that we all have the power to build a bright future for generations to come. Harsh was selected to serve as this year’s Unilever Foundation Ambassador for the UNICEF partnership. Following his trip to Kenya, where he visited UNICEF supported sanitation programmes, Harsh is helping to spread the word about the positive social impact that the partnership between Domestos, the Unilever Foundation and UNICEF is having on people’s lives.
Harsh travelled to Kenya to see how improved sanitation is giving children the chance of a bright future. Watch the heart-warming journey of his visit to Kenya in the film above.
Around the world, 2.5 billion people are without access to improved sanitation facilities, and of these a staggering 1 billion people are forced to practise open defecation, putting themselves and their communities at risk of diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid.
These are statistics that Harsh would like to see improved, stressing:
“It saddens me so much to see such wonderful people negatively affected by diseases – many of which are easily preventable – due to the lack of proper hygiene and sanitation practices.”
Fortunately, things are changing and Harsh saw for himself the progress that’s already been made in Africa. In Kenya, where 61% of people don’t have access to improved sanitation, Harsh met residents of Kathome, who were celebrating the village’s milestone in achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, thanks to the UNICEF supported Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) programme. Domestos and the Unilever Foundation, are supporting UNICEF’s CATS globally which is helping to drive demand for safe, affordable toilets and increase ODF-status villages. UNICEF works with governments, NGOs and local authorities to implement sanitation programmes in over 100 countries around the world.
The partnership between Domestos, the Unilever Foundation, and UNICEF is contributing to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sanitation target of helping 25 million people gain improved sanitation access by 2020. Through the partnership, 1.32 million people have already gained improved sanitation since 2012, and 655,000 people now live in ODF villages with access to sanitation facilities.
These global sanitation programmes are not only helping to prevent diseases, they are building economies and restoring dignity. Harsh is happy to see the partnership between Domestos, the Unilever Foundation and UNICEF helping to transform lives, saying: “I’m proud of the difference we are making.”
But we can’t make a difference alone – your voice matters too. With one small action, you can make a big difference. Watch and share Harsh Mishra’s film now to help make family and friends aware of the how Unilever is working with UNICEF to address the sanitation crisis and create a brighter future.