Operation Soap Blitz is a Clean the World program with the goal of reducing the spread of viral diseases through a two-part approach:
- Provide 100,000 hygiene kits to the homeless and other people in need during the cold and flu season.
- Ship 5 million bars of soap to West African countries ravaged by the largest outbreak of Ebola in history.
Why It’s Important
Here in the United States, our biggest health threats this winter are flu and pneumonia. As we enter the cold and flu season, many of our most vulnerable citizens are not properly equipped to protect themselves from viruses.
The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has been doubling about every three weeks. There is little evidence that the epidemic is losing momentum. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand hygiene is the most important infection-control measure against Ebola. People need soap.
About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise that collects and recycles discarded soap and bottled amenities (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, gels) from hotel partners in North America, Hong Kong and Macau, China. The recycled soap is distributed around the world in areas where there is a high risk of hygiene-related illness. On average, more than 5,500 children under the age of 5 die every day from illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrheal disease. With access to soap, and education on proper hand washing techniques, about half those deaths can be prevented.
In North America, Clean the World distributes ONE Project hygiene kits to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, families in transition, and victims of natural disasters.