GSK, Save the Children partners to provide ‘Healthy School Environment’ in Nashik

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Nashik : Furthering the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission: Swachh Vidyalaya’ national campaign of the government, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals Limited and Save the Children joinied hands to provide ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’, a healthy school environment for government aided schools in Nashik Municipal Corporation. The partnership aims to improve the availability, utilisation and maintenance of essential Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in seven identified schools, with the intent to provide healthy school environment to children, who, in turn will be change agents for hygienic practices in their families as well as their community.

In collaboration with NMC, the project was launched in NMC school no. 72 and 73, Ambad, Nashik on ‘Children’s Day’, which embarks the beginning of UNCRC Global Week, in the presence of Nitin Upasani, education officer, NMC and school representatives, A. Vaidheesh, Vice President, South Asia and Managing Director – India, GlaxoSmithKline, Technical Director Mr Raju, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Mr Ransom D’Souza, Ms Sandhya Krishnan, GM-Save the Children and Mrs Shobha Thakre, Cluster Resource Coordinator. The project is being planned to implement in NMC schools reaching approximately 10,000 children.

This programme also includes renovation and refurbishment of existing toilets, creating step Hand-Washing Platforms, setting up safe drinking water facilities, training on behavioural aspects of Health & Hygiene and also ensuring schools’ responsibility towards sustaining the facilities as a way of life . This project will be fully executed in next 14 months.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. A. Vaidheesh, Vice President, South Asia and Managing Director – India, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited said: “Nashik is an important jewel in our portfolio and we are committed to enhancing access to healthcare in the region. Sanitation is critical part of preventive healthcare and our project ensures that facility creation is closely tied with adoption of sanitary practices. This is one of our ongoing initiatives in Nashik in providing a healthy environment for children to thrive in and we plan to expand the project to other schools in Nashik as well in the coming years.”

Education officer Nitin Upasani said, “All NMC Schools will be aligned to the national commitment of ‘Swachh Bharat – Swachh Vidyalaya’ with an active support of children, teachers and partners like GSK and Save the Children.”

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