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We’re advancing the understanding of hygiene as the foundation of health

Our strategy recognises that we play a significant role in solving four of the world’s largest problems, including: how can hygiene be the foundation of health? And this is where our latest partnership comes in.

When you believe that the highest quality hygiene is a right and not a privilege, how do you improve hygiene access and knowledge? How do you develop the next generation of hygiene health experts? And how do you drive the fight for access and generate new solutions?

All questions that will be debated at the new Reckitt Hygiene Forum which was opened today at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). It’s the latest milestone in a five-year partnership to innovate solutions that will improve global health through research, teaching and global collaborations.

The Forum is located in the South Wing of LSHTM’s Keppel Street building, creating a state-of-the-art base for hygiene research, teaching and collaboration, as part of the University’s regeneration programme.  It’s designed to help foster new innovation in hygiene science; providing a base to bring together leaders and experts in the field and produce new research that drives real-world impact. 

The Forum’s programme activities over the next three years will include behaviour change research, safe surface science and work to advance our understanding of the mechanical transmission of diseases.

Long-term partnership driving positive change: milestones

  • Awarded four new PhD studentships at LSHTM, supporting exceptional scientists to advance hygiene research across sub-Saharan Africa, with projects in Uganda, Zambia, and Mozambique.
  • Funded two innovative seed grants, to support new, innovative research on health and hygiene – funding early career scientists for one-year research projects to address gaps in our current understanding of the links between hygiene and health.
  • Been instrumental in advancing hygiene best practice – including through the creation of Reckitt’s science-based Hygiene Protocols that

helped keep more than 30,000 delegates from over 190 countries safe from COVID-19 at COP26 conference in Glasgow.  The same best practice is now also helping to protect visitors at many other live events around the world, including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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At Reckitt, we believe that the highest quality hygiene is a right and not a privilege. Our partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is the latest example of how we’re partnering with experts across the academic community, to provide leadership on hygiene, drive the fight for access and generate new solutions. Together, we’re seeking to advance the understanding of hygiene as the foundation of health, in our shared mission to create a cleaner, healthier world

Laxman Narasimhan CEO of Reckitt
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This new Forum will allow us to increase our understanding of the links between hygiene and health. We hope to inform solutions that could improve global health through research, teaching and global collaborations. We are excited to join forces with Reckitt in the latest step towards improving hygiene access and knowledge, and to develop the next generation of hygiene health experts.

Professor Liam Smeeth Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine