Changing lives with Unilever and FCDO
In April 2020, in immediate response to the emerging Covid-19 pandemic, ActionAid joined the Hygiene and Behaviour Change Coalition (HBCC) led by Unilever and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. The coalition involved 21 NGO partners seeking to tackle this global health crisis.
Across both Kenya and Nepal, ActionAid worked alongside women-led organisations to raise awareness of the Covid-19 virus and how to prevent infection; distribute vital resources like soap and PPE; provide access to water, and tackle gender-based violence and food insecurity.
By July 2021, ActionAid had reached more than 28 million people — mainly women and girls to provide both short-term respite and sustainable solutions as further waves affected each country.
Working with our friends in the corporate, public, and third sectors was essential for mounting a rapid and thorough response. ActionAid will take significant learnings from this into future humanitarian and development partnerships.
Top image: Lavender is part of the ActionAid-supported Nyangori Women's Network in Kenya, which gives legal support to survivors of violence. Karin Schermbrucker/ActionAid
Page updated 7 April 2022