Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
In 2002, Nestlé had the privilege of becoming a founding member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies' new Africa Health Initiative.
In 2006, water and sanitation was added as a new dimension to this partnership. Nestlé dedicated the major part of its support over three years to activities in Africa addressing the immense life-threatening problems resulting from the chronic lack of water and sanitation.
As a first step, in close collaboration with the Mozambique Red Cross and the International Federation, Nestlé began a new initiative to assist vulnerable communities in northern Mozambique in improving their access to safe water and sanitation.
Value to Society
The programme assisted communities in remote rural areas to establish safe water supplies and improved sanitation, provided all-important training in operation and maintenance, and encouraged behavioural change in hygiene practices.
The initiative also reduced the time spent on travelling long distances for potable water; allowed more time for farming and other productive activities, thus releasing children, especially young girls, to further their education; and reduced the impact of poor water and sanitation in these communities. Over 40,000 people have been provided safe and clean water through the drilling of wells and installation of 22 communal water pumps.
Value to Nestlé