Our COVID-19 response

Amsterdam, July 2022 – It’s a wrap! The HEINEKEN Africa Foundation finalized its COVID-19 Response Program. Over the past 2 years, the Foundation supported WASH programs in 7 countries totaling 5 million euro’s. Together with WaterAid and World Vision we provided underserved communities with access to clean water, hygiene products and crucial hygiene messaging. These activities do not only protect the spread of COVID-19 but also protect communities from many other diseases.


We are proud to share that in these 2 years:

  • More than 37 million people were reached with crucial hygiene messages via TV, radio and print campaigns.
  • Over 1,400 handwashing stations were installed in markets, schools and health centers giving 1.7 million people the ability to wash their hands.
  • 1,800 people were trained in promoting hygiene behavior change.
  • Clean water was brought to 108,000 people.


Clean water, decent sanitation, and hygiene is a basic human right but unfortunately many communities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to it. WASH has been on our agenda for many years already and I am happy that we have scaled up and accelerated our efforts in this field when the pandemic started. Handwashing with water and soap not only protects against the spread of COVID-19 but also against many other infectious diseases. That is why behaviour change was a crucial part of our program. Together, we will continue to make a difference for communities.”  said Suzanne Giele, the HEINEKEN Africa Foundation General Manager.