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Healthier worker drinks more water!

“I don’t want to drink much water. I don’t want to waste time going to the restroom because it makes me miss my production targets and I will not receive a bonus. ” — a Cambodian factory worker.

 

20th - 23rd Feb 2017 iCare Benefits Cambodia supported our valued partners from Marks & Spencer and Jie Wei Garment Factory to organize workshops enforcing the right habits for drinking clean water. Over 1,000 workers participated in the workshops. The clean water consumption per worker in the factory increased by 60% during the week after the workshops.

During the workshop, workers learned about the advantages of drinking the right amounts of water, ways to ensure drinking water’s safety, and other important habits related to sanitation and hygiene. The knowledge provided in the workshop was intended to help workers improve their own and their relatives’ health.

 

During the event, iCare Benefits provided free water bottles to help our members always have clean drinking water available during work. iCare senior staff supported the organization of the event and impact assessment.

Before the workshop, water and sanitation knowledge among workers was low. The baseline survey showed only 60% correct answers. One of the participants said: „I don’t want to drink much water. I don’t want to waste time going to the restroom because it makes me miss my production targets and I will not receive a bonus.“

Thanks to the workshops conducted during lunch breaks between 20th and 23rd of February, all workers understood the importance of consuming at least 2 liters of water per day. They all signed a symbolic commitment to improve the healthy habits. The control group scored 100% correct answers in the knowledge test and the daily water consumption in the factory improved from 1.01 liter/person before the workshops to 1.6 liters/person during the week following the workshop.

"We are very happy to support Marks & Spencer and other partners in this meaningful initiative. We are planning to organize workshops in more factories this year" - said Molika Meas, the CEO of iCare Benefits Cambodia.