In an effort to help prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading, the Global Soap Project sent 160,000 bars of new soap to Sierra Leone in partnership the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
More than 20,000 cases of cholera have now been reported in Sierra Leone’s worst outbreak of the disease in more than 40 years. More than 390 deaths have been confirmed since the outbreak was reported in the second half of 2012, according to the Red Cross.
The 40,000 pounds of soap is being distributed through handwashing education initiatives by hospitals in and around Freetown. The soap will benefit children and families living in extreme poverty, who often do not have access to soap because it is not available or affordable, or who lack an understanding of how and why to use soap to maintain their health.