MPT Expands its “Handwashing Programme” with the Launch of Four New Facilities in Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Kayin and Mon

25 Mar 2020

(Yangon, 24th March 2020) – MPT, Myanmar’s first and leading telecom operator, has announced the completion of the second phase of its “Handwashing Programme”, with four new handwashing facilities fully operational to help reduce the risk of germs spreading while promoting personal hygiene among the youth.

MPT recognizes the importance of public health and increasing awareness on personal hygiene and as such the healthcare sector has been one of the pillars of MPT’s CSR initiatives. The “Handwashing Programme” was launched in July 2018, in collaboration with the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health and Sports. A total of 19 handwashing facilities were installed at public schools across various States and Regions, which significantly improved the health & hygiene standards among the youth.

During 2019, as part of the 2nd phase of “Handwashing Programme”, new handwashing facilities were constructed at public schools in Mandalay Region, Bago (East) Region, Mon State and Kayin State. This programme is accompanied by educational activities for the students to raise awareness about personal hygiene and proper handwashing techniques.

Keeping hands clean with soap and running water is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and infections are spread by not washing hands with soap with clean, running water. Moreover, various studies have shown that handwashing with soap could protect the youth from getting sick with diarrhea, E. coli and respiratory infections like pneumonia and human coronavirus.

During the time of global pandemic caused by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has infected 2 people in Myanmar and over 334,900 people globally and caused the deaths of over 14,600 people across the globe (Ministry of Sports and Health Myanmar and WHO Official Data as of 23 March 2020), MPT aims to address the lack of awareness, about the benefits of public health, personal hygiene and good sanitary conditions at public locations such as schools, among the youth.

U Myo Than, Deputy COO of MPT-KSGM JO explained that “MPT is dedicated to promoting and strengthening the health of the young generation. This initiative plays an important role in promoting good personal hygiene habits that can considerably limit the transmission of dangerous germs and viruses in small communities. Increased personal hygiene practices are crucial to keeping our citizens safe in the face of various health risks, like coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic happening across the globe at this very moment.”

Thus far, this MPT-led programme has spent over Ks 100 million to install water tanks, water pumps, tube wells, and build handwashing stations in selected schools across the country benefiting 5,000 young students. This will not only benefit the current students but also to the future generations in respective States and Regions.

MPT runs a wide range of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in the health sector across local communities in Myanmar. For more information, please call 106, visit the MPT official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mptofficialpage/ or MPT official website www.mpt.com.mm