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Unilever hygiene campaign reaches one billion

A hygiene campaign spearheaded by Unilever and the Government aimed at tackling the spread of coronavirus has reached one billion people.

The global consumer goods company, which has a factory in Gloucester, partnered with the Government to provide advice, soap, sanitiser and surface disinfectants to developing countries.

Working through the United Nations, charities and other partners, the campaign has trained 140,000 staff, including health workers and teachers to deliver hygiene skills, including deep cleaning and effective hand washing.

More than 75 million hygiene products - more than three times the original target - were donated by Unilever brands such as Lifebuoy and Domestos to 60 countries.

And more than 500,000 handwashing stations have been installed around the world with information campaigns in 37 countries.

Unilever chief sustainability officer Rebecca Marmot said: "Our business has a century-long history of promoting hygiene through our brands, but this unprecedented crisis called for an unprecedented response.

"Public-private partnership has been critical, allowing us to leverage the influence, expertise and networks of both government and business, and our strong network of NGO and UN partners, at home and overseas."

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