Hygiene and health comes first.

Intensive efforts to end child labour in seasonal hazelnut harvesting continue with hygiene training and dental health check for children in social support centres.

News | 19 August 2015

Ensuring hygiene is one of the most important matter in temporary settlement areas where workers and children live in “Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey Project.”1  Areas. Clean Toilet and hygiene training takes place for 560 students in social support centres in Uzunisa, Efirli, Fatsa and Ünye in collaboration with OPET’s 2  “Clean Toilet Campaign”

Dental Health Check

A mobile dental health-scanning car provided by Public Health Centre of Ministry of Health to check up dental health of students in social support centre where project takes place.

Dr. Burak Tomakin assigned by the Ordu Province Public Health Authority to work at infirmary in the Uzunisa Temporary Settlement Area. Dr. Tomakin states that this kind of infirmaries in temporary settlement areas serves as easy access health centre for travelling workers and their families. The Infirmary serves for simple check-ups and interventions as well as first aid station for possible injuries.

1) The overall objective of this project is to contribute elimination of worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in seasonal agriculture in line with the Turkish Government’s strategy drawn by the National Employment Strategy 2014-2023. A model has been developed through the Dutch Government and CAOBISCO* funded “Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Commercial Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Ordu” project 2013 and 2014. The project aims contributing to the withdrawal of children from work and prevention of at-risk children to be engaged in seasonal hazelnut agriculture. It will bring added value through the replication of the strategic intervention model in the different regions and contribute to a sustainable child labour monitoring mechanism in seasonal agriculture. The project will step up efforts to attain the goal of contributing to the policy making and efficient implementation on the elimination of WFCL in seasonal agriculture.
*Contributing members of CAOBISCO to the ILO PPP Project: Ferrero, Nestlé, August Storck KG, Barry Callebaut, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, Mars incorporated, Chocosuisse, NATRA S.A., Griesson - de Beukelaer GmbH & Co., Cémoi chocolatier, Gebr. Jancke GmbH, Neuhaus NV, Stollwerck GmbH, Koenig Backmittel GmbH

2) OPET Petrolcülük A.Ş. running The Clean Toilet Campaign d to contribute to development of awareness in Turkey on “toilet cleaning and hygiene” themes since 2000.