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#FightingCoronavirus: Lifebuoy highlights importance of handwashing in a series of awareness initiatives

The nationwide public awareness campaign educates people on the importance of and steps to sanitise hands by using any soap at their disposal. The campaign kicked off across print, television and digital

The Covid-19 outbreak has turned into a global health emergency. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), handwashing with soap and water, when done correctly, is the most effective way to fight the disease.

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Taking the cause of preserving health and preventing the further spread of the disease, Lifebuoy, a soap brand from Hindustan Unilever Ltd., has launched a nationwide public awareness campaign educating people on the importance of and steps to hand sanitisation, urging citizens to use any soap at their disposal. 

The campaign kicked off across print, television and digital platforms with a simple message that placed emphasis on the importance of handwashing while also boldly naming its competitors and urging consumers to use any soap that is available to them.

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Supporting Lifebuoy’s efforts, brand advocate and Bollywood actor Kajol took to her social media platform, informing consumers that while they have always seen her advocating Lifebuoy, in challenging times like these she urges them to focus on the importance of handwashing, irrespective of the soap they choose to use.

Kajol said, “While I’ve always spoken in favour of Lifebuoy, in challenging times like these, both Lifebuoy and I know it’s no longer about which soap you choose to use, as long as you use one. Washing your hands with soap when done correctly is the most effective way to fight the virus. It’s my humblest request to everyone to exercise necessary precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and loved ones.”

Further, to engage millennial masses, Lifebuoy partnered with Indian rapper and singer Badshah to launch a rap version of its iconic jingle ‘tandrusti ki raksha’ on TikTok. The catchy tune gives handwashing a fresh spin, while driving home the message of its importance.

Having initiated the Lifebuoy Handwashing challenge on TikTok, rapper Badshah said,  “I am so glad to partner with Lifebuoy and to give their iconic jingle ‘tandrusti ki raksha’ an entertaining spin while driving home the importance of handwashing, especially at a challenging time like this for our country. While the hashtag has garnered over 20 Bn views, I urge everyone who is taking up the challenge to also understand how simple yet effective the act is, and I hope we can all put this difficult time behind us, soon.”

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Additionally, with the ambition of serving the most vulnerable sections of the society, Lifebuoy came in a triangular partnership with other big brands, Paytm and former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s foundation YouWeCan and encouraged consumers to donate through Paytm app, collection of which is being used to mobilise necessary hygiene requirements to the needy, marginalised or less privileged population like orphanages and old age homes.

Commenting on the partnership with Lifebuoy and Paytm, former Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh said, “This is the time for India to unite and do their bit and support the Government in the fight against Covid-19. To everyone out there, let’s take this pledge together and curb the spread of this pandemic. I am doing my bit by partnering with Lifebuoy India and Paytm to provide hygiene products to those at high risk of exposure, hope you are doing yours.”

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also partnered with Lifebuoy, in a first-of-a-kind government and corporate tie-up to educate citizens about necessary precautions while serving frontline workers with hygiene kits to ensure they and their families are protected from the spread of the virus.

Commenting on the public awareness campaign, Srirup Mitra, Vice-President, Skin Cleansing, Hindustan Unilever, said, “Until a cure is found, a simple act of handwashing, when done correctly, can effectively contribute towards reducing the spread of this deadly virus. We at HUL have ramped our production capacities to ensure that Lifebuoy hygiene products are available to consumers and continue our commitment to support the nation and its citizens in this fight against coronavirus.”

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