Africa: Combatting Health Risks and Promoting Better Hand Washing and Hygiene
Friday, November 14, 2014
Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japanese manufacturer of hygiene and sanitation products, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an initiative to decrease healthcare associated infections in Uganda.
Saraya brings alcohol-based hand rub products to East Africa in an effort to reduce the spread of preventable diseases. The company has committed to improve the compliance rate of healthcare workers in Uganda and scale up its products production by 2016.
With an estimated 75 percent of childhood diseases linked to poor sanitation practices in Uganda, Saraya has worked in the country to promote better hand washing and hygiene since 2010. In collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and local partners, the company initiated a feasibility pilot-project in 2012 to help control infections with its alcohol-based hand rub products in hospitals, and better inform healthcare workers about preventing healthcare associated infections.