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Red Cross leads war to end COVID-19

A tippy tank and taps

April 27, 2021 3 min read

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PRESIDENT of the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS), Silase Mosuhli says proper hand-washing is key to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic along with several other potentially life-threatening diseases.

He was speaking at the official handing over ceremony of a tippy tank to the Qacha’s Nek police on Monday.

Mr Mosuhli urged everyone to religiously wash their hands using the facility, adding that tippy taps are a cost-effective and simple solution to the pandemic which also can play a vital role in health and hygiene programmes.  

Receiving the donation on behalf of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPD), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Tumelo Moseme said the facility is going to improve their hand-washing practices in a bid to expand the adoption of hygiene practices. 

This, he said will help in preventing illnesses that affect nutritional status and increase the availability of clean water for hand-washing at significant points.

DCP Moseme therefore thanked the donor for the support in ensure that the police are safe and protected against the deadly pandemic.

The LRCS states that the aim of the project is to ensure that public places that attract many people have appropriate hand washing facilities in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and to assist orphanages that are hard hit by the pandemic.

The tippy tanks construction project was funded by the Coca Cola Foundation to the tune of M546 000.
The Society says 10 orphanages with a total of 404 children will receive food items from the same project in due course, adding that at least 100 homeless people and children received food during the lockdown period in Maseru and Leribe.

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The LRCS recently held COVID-19 awareness campaigns under the theme 'Safety Tips and Precautions' in Maseru, Mafeteng, Mokhotlong, Leribe and Quthing.
Standard Lesotho Bank also donated M80 000 to the Society to construct eight tippy taps and tanks for the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) in Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru and Mohale's Hoek on March 31.

A donation of M217 000 was used for the construction of 34 tippy tanks, soap dispensers and sinks which were installed at all major taxi ranks in the 10 districts of Lesotho, as well as in four LRCS health centres of Kena, Kolojane, Mapholaneng and Thaba Bosiu.

The Society's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) project also provided agricultural inputs, as well as cash transfers to 2 005 beneficiaries in Thaba-Tseka, Mokhotlong and Butha-Buthe.

The beneficiaries received cash transfers that were aimed at closing the food basket gap and other basic needs.
The LRCS is a non-profit making organisation that renders humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable communities in the country.

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