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Under Flagship CSR Initiative of Reckitt, Dettol School Hygiene Education Program launched in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand: Reckitt, world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, under its flagship campaign Dettol Banega Swasth India launched its Dettol School Hygiene Education Program across schools in Uttarakhand in Dehradun today with it’s implementation partner PLAN India. Dettol School Hygiene Education Program aims to reach 5 million kids in 13 districts of Uttarakhand. Honourable CM also unveiled hygiene corner at the event.
The program was launched by Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand, Sh. Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt- South Asia, and Mr. Bansidhar Tiwari, Director General, School Education, Govt Of Uttarakhand.
Commenting on the occasion, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, said, “Hygiene and sanitation are foundations of progress. Good health and good hygiene practices are linked together. With this excellent initiative by Dettol we could see a difference in the behaviours of children and community towards hygiene in Uttarakhand. I hereby would like to extend my best wishes towards Dettol School Hygiene Education Program for inculcating healthy behaviour within the people for happier lives”
Mr. Gaurav Jain, Senior Vice President, Reckitt, South Asia “ Reckitt is committed to a world that is healthier and happier. The Dettol School Hygiene Education Program in Uttarakhand is another step towards our purpose to protect heal and nurture. The program inculcates concepts around the importance of hygiene from a very young age in kids, and is structured to enable enthusiastic participation and engagement, supported by teachers and stakeholders. In the past 7 years, the program has driven significant impacts on the health, well being and education of children. We thank the Government of Uttarakhand for it’s continuous support in ensuring that the program will continue drive sustainable and impactful outcomes.”
Sh. Ravi Bhatnagar, Director- External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt- South Asia said, “Uttarakhand is doing remarkable work for the upliftment and improvement of its people across several health indicators. Dettol Banega Swasth India, Reckitt India’s flagship purpose program is a great step towards creating an educated and aware state through future leaders. The key to driving transformational change is to start early. The Dettol School Hygiene Education Program for the state of Uttarakhand inculcates pro-hygiene behaviours in children’s formative years. By integrating hygiene into school curricula and extending this education to every child, the program enables a pivot towards better health and hygiene, leading to happier and healthier futures for children..”
Mr. Bansidhar Tiwari, Director General, School Education, Govt Of Uttarakhand stated “ Dettol School Hygiene Education Program by Reckitt has made a great effort in introducing good hygiene and sanitation practices amongst school children and the community of Uttarakhand. Program has made children change agents and braught significant changes in health status of community. I would like to thank them for bringing this initiative to our people, thereby making them better individuals.”
Mohd. Asif, Executive Director, PLAN India stated , “Maintaining personal hygiene and sanitation is important for several reasons such as personal, social, psychological, health, etc. Proper hygiene and sanitation prevent the spread of diseases and infections. If every individual on the planet maintains good hygiene for himself and the things around him, diseases will eradicate to a great level. Dettol School Hygiene Education Program, an initiative by Reckitt has made great efforts in creating hygiene culture and bringing good sanitary practices to the people. I appreciate Plan India’s collaboration with Reckitt in this program and wish to achieve great heights in the future”.
The program focuses on sensitizing children about six critical occasions for handwashing, which include washing hands after defecation, and the use of toilets; before eating; before preparing and serving food; before feeding infants/children; after cleaning a child’s bottom, and after coughing/sneezing during illness. Program in UdhamSingh Nagar has already made significant marks by renovating infrastructure in CHC Kiccha, and various schools and has instilled hygiene culture in children through hygiene sessions conducted by teachers. The teachers are well trained in the curriculum by the experts in hygiene. The program had made conscious efforts by ensuring the right messages are delivered through wall paintings, hygiene corners and a strong curriculum.
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