Global Soap Project Sends 160,000 bars of soap to Sierra Leone

In an effort to help prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading, the Global Soap Project is sending 160,000 bars of new soap to Sierra Leone in partnership with ARIA International and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

More than 18,500 cases of cholera have now been reported in Sierra Leone’s worst outbreak of the disease in 40 years. At least 271 deaths have been confirmed since the outbreak was reported in July, according to the Red Cross.

“Handwashing with soap is the key to decreasing the spread of cholera and saving lives,” said Sam Stephens, executive director of the Global Soap Project, adding that just distributing the soap is not enough.

“Hygiene education will be conducted by the hospital staff so that the recipients understand how and why to use the soap to prevent the contraction of cholera,” Stephens added.

The 40,000 pounds of soap — which was shipped out last week — will be distributed by hospitals in and around Freetown beginning in mid-December. The soap will benefit children and families living in extreme poverty, who often do not have access to soap because it is either not available or affordable.

Logistical support is being provided by American Global Logistics (AGLEF), to ensure the soap reaches its destination in Sierra Leone.