Domestos working with Unicef to end open defecation

By changing attitudes within a community, you’re much more likely to achieve a permanently clean and healthy environment. That's what we've joined forces with UNICEF to do.

An end to defecating in the open

woman using reed bush as a toilet

In many communities around the world people still have to defecate in the open, suffering the indignities, but unaware of the dangers. UNICEF’s Community Approaches to Sanitation (CATS) programme creates local advocates who understand the importance of hygiene and can make it happen. Since Domestos and the Unilever Foundation joined forces with UNICEF in 2012, over one million people will now live in areas free of open defecation*.

Bringing about lasting change

Here are just a few of the activities we’re pursuing with UNICEF to help improve sanitation around the world. They’re all focused on starting conversations, giving people a voice and providing the space to make positive changes:

  • Promoting good hygiene practices –we’ve trained 2,866 facilitators who can go into communities and demonstrate the link between open defecation and disease. We call it ‘triggering’ because it makes people take action.
  • Supplying sanitation materials –730 business owners, masons and artisans have received training in sanitation marketing in Gambia, Sudan, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam. So now they can make sure that the people who want to buy a toilet have access to the right materials.
  • Targeting school children –35,900 school children in Nicaragua, South Sudan, Sudan and Vietnam have been reached with programmes guaranteeing safe access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • There’s still plenty more to do – and you can help. Keep an eye on our website for details on how you can support the UNICEF CATS programme in the next year.

* Figures are based on actual reported beneficiaries reached to date in conjunction with funds dispersed in 2012 and 2013.

How you can help

Donate to the Domestos Sanitation Appeal for UNICEF and improve sanitation for millions of families.

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