Soap Aid is proud of our continued partnership with the WA Country Health Service (WACHS).
Our partnership with WACHS started in 2016, and 2023 marks 8 years that Soap Aid has been providing support to the WA Trachoma Control Program.
The WA Trachoma Control initiative aims to strengthen environmental health and health promotion across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest, and Goldfield regions while building capacity in communities affected by trachoma. Soap Aid provides our brand-new recycled soap bars to all of these communities to help reduce the spread of preventable infectious diseases and to promote hygiene practices that reduce the risk of infection.
Trachoma, for example, is a bacterial infection that is spread through contact with the discharge from the eyes or nose of infected individuals. It is prevalent in many remote Indigenous communities and can cause long-term vision impairment and blindness if left untreated.
Soap Aid is supporting access to a basic hygiene resource that every single person should be able to access easily. In many remote communities in Australia, access to soap can be challenging. This can be due to a number of factors, including distance from urban centres, supply chain access and environmental conditions.
The provision of soap is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of preventable infectious diseases and improve the overall health and well-being of these communities.
So far, we have provided 1 million bars of soap to indigenous communities in Australia!
Soap Aid and the Scenic Hotel Group are featured in The New Zealand Herald, as Scenic Hotel’s ramp up their support of the Hotel to Hands Program by rolling it out across their 18-hotel chain.
According to World Vision, Somalia is among the most fragile countries in the world. Ravaged by drought, poverty, violence and political instability, Somalia’s vulnerable children are suffering acute malnutrition, cholera and intestinal diseases. Over 65% of reported cases of cholera are children under five years.
Soap Aid recently donated more than 50,000 recycled soap bars to support the World Vision and UNICEF WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Program. These lifesaving bars were distributed to families and communities in the Jariban District, located in the north central region of Puntland, Somalia. Our soap has been used in various program interventions to improve hygiene and sanitation in schools and health centres. Our donation helps empower students to promote good hand washing in their families and communities providing positive, long term health outcomes.
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‘Sockos Australia’ makes and sells unique socks, donating some of the profits to causes that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year Sockos has created ‘The Soap Sock’ and $3 from each pair of socks sold will be donated to Soap Aid to support our humanitarian and environmental efforts. Receive 15% discount. Order by 20 December and use promotion code ‘SOAP’ at checkout. Visit socks.com.au and purchase your socks today!
Congratulations to all the hotels around Australia who have been busy saving and collecting discarded soap this year. The amazing efforts from housekeeping teams, and committed managers and executives, help us provide critically needed soap to children and communities. Soap Aid is receiving increased requests for soap each week. Our 2018 soap donations already include Cambodia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Somalia and Malawi. Together let’s make December a record-breaking month for soap collections so that we can send soap to these communities and many more.
Today many people in Australia have not heard of trachoma – a contagious bacterial eye infection that causes extreme inflammation, which can lead to blindness. Trachoma is a serious but preventable infection that is currently endemic in some remote indigenous communities.
Soap Aid has proudly partnered with the WA Country Health Service and will provide support by providing soap and education resources as part of the ‘Squeaky Clean Kids’ Program an initiative aiming to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases in remote communities, specifically targeting trachoma infections.
The ‘Squeaky Clean Kids’ program has been developed as part of WA Country Health Service’s WA Trachoma Control Program. It aims to strengthen environmental health and health promotion and build capacity in communities affected by trachoma.
The goal is to reach 63 remote Aboriginal communities across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest and Goldfields with populations of up to 19,500 across schools, households and community facilities. Soap Aid will be providing recycled soap and hygiene education resources to help reduce the spread of preventable infectious diseases and improve hygiene practices.
The important aims of the ‘Squeaky Clean Kids’ Program are to:
– Reduce the incidence of Trachoma and other diseases (skin infection and diarrhoea) influenced by the environmental health determinants.
– Overcome a common barrier to good hygiene practices in remote Aboriginal communities, particularly the cost of soap, by providing a consistent supply of free soap to all households and facilities for a two-year period.
– Provide health promotion resources to promote messages about hygiene, particularly hand and face washing to school children, to support the provision of free soap.