The Resource Centre Network (RCN) Ghana hosted The NORST Project, implemented under the auspices of Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) and in collaboration with UNICEF led the discussion, with the objective of sharing the learning experience from the NORST project, which is implementing CLTS in Small Towns in the Northern Region of Ghana. Under the theme " Implementing CLTS in Small Towns: Looking back to inform our way forward".
An epidemic is looming in the Ada West District in the Greater Accra Region where some residents in many of the communities have resorted to indiscriminate defaecation because the public toilets are not usable.
Whereas some of them engage in 'free range' (defaecating in open spaces), especially around the public toilets, others parcel their faeces in black plastic bags at home and deposit them anywhere in their communities.
Counsellor of Development Canada, Dr. Cheryl Gopaul-Saikali has outlined three expectations development partners in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector require to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Sanitation. One of such indicators, to her, was bringing information from the field to the national level for inclusive discussion, adding that it would support the up scaling of sanitation.
Ghana's water availability figure of about 40,000 barrels for each person a year in 1960, going by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures, dwindled to about 10,178 barrels annually in 2013. This means there has been a whooping reduction of about 60 per cent of water that is available to every Ghanaian in the spate of 53 years.
The water and sanitation challenges are immense and require the mobilization of more funds, collaboration and mutualization of best practices. In this respect, WSA will be launching a fund to support various initiatives in water and sanitationat the on-going High Level Forum on water and sanitation for all.
According to the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, HE Danial Komlan Duncan, who officially opened High Level Forum on water and sanitation in Abidjan, Africa cannot remain indifferent while seventy percent of hospital beds are occupied by persons suffering from preventable water and sanitation related illnesses despite the efforts being made by various countries. He said since such a negative situation limits the potentials of individuals in their contribution togrowth and development, “it is imperative to reverse this trend especially due to the rapid population growth in Africa that will cover 25% of the global population by 2050.” “This search for solutions undoubtedly requires the development of an African expertise to serve Africans,” said the Ivorian Minister for construction, housing and sanitation, Mamadou Sanogo.
A collaborative approach between the Ghanaian Government, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target back on track in order to improve the health and prosperity of women in the country. This call comes in a new report jointly published on World Toilet Day by the United Nations hosted organisation Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, international charity WaterAid and Unilever. The report is published on the first UN recognised World Toilet Day, which serves as a reminder of the 21.6 million people lacking access to an adequate toilet in Ghana, with devastating consequences in particular for the well-being, health, education and empowerment of women and girls in the country.
Wateraid Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation, has blamed Ghana’s sanitation crisis on the lack of will and commitment on the part of the government to deal with issues in the sector.
Speaking with a select group of journalists in Accra on Tuesday, on the current state of Ghana’s sanitation, the Country Representative of WaterAid Ghana, Dr Afia Zakiya, said, “A staggering 87 per cent of the population (more than 21 million people) do not have access to adequate sanitation.
A collaborative approach between the Ghanaian Government, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target back on track in order to improve the health and prosperity of women in the country. This call comes in a new report jointly published on World Toilet Day by the United Nations hosted organisation Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, international charity WaterAid and Unilever.
Representatives of Nima, Ashiaman, Ada and Mallam communities at a crisis talk on sanitation and hygiene, on Monday described the sanitary conditions in their localities as devastating and endangering human lives. They said open and indiscriminate defecation is rampant while open gutters at lorry stations and markets centres are choked with polythene bags stuffed with human excreta.
The 39th edition of NLLAP hosted with EHSD-MLGRD/ UNICEF, under the theme "DEBRIEFING AND VALIDATION OF GOG-UNICEF GENDER AND WASH ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF GENDER MAINSTREAMING GUIDELINES AND TOOLKIT" and WaterAid/ CONIWAS, on the theme "GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY FUND (GTF) PROGRAMME EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN GHANA".this edition took place on the 31st October 2013 at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel Accra.
Thirty two pupils selected from the ten regions of Ghana have gathered in Accra on Tuesday to discuss their ambassadorial roles to ensuring that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities are made available and used properly in their schools as well as communities. They are expected to practice whatever they learn about WASH during this period at their various localities and schools. These young delegates would be taught how to keep their water sources clean, proper washing of hands with soap and water and also do a simple test to check the quality of the water they use.
WaterAid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, has hailed the declaration by the United Nations of November 19 as ‘World Toilet Day’, saying it will use the commemoration of the day to draw the attention of government to the gravity of the country’s sanitation problem.
“We’ll certainly be working with private sector, civil society organisations, academia and others to use ‘World Toilet Day’ to draw attention to governments of the enormous scale of the problem,” Dr. Afia S. Zakiya, WaterAid Ghana’s Country Representative said in a statement.
Head of Policy and Partnership at WaterAid Ghana, Ibrahim Musah has argued that observing hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet regularly could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. It is also the most effective way to avert Disability-adjusted Life Years (DALYs) associated with diarrheal diseases. “Hand washing is also less expensive than immunization; for instance, one DALY requires investment in measles immunization anywhere from $250 to $4,500.” Mr. Musah added it would also reduce deaths from diarrheal by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.
Daily water demand in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) stands at 150 million gallons although Kpong and Weija treatment plants, the major water treatment plants serving the area, can only produce 93 million gallons a day. Currently, Weija produces 53 million gallons while Kpong generates 40 million gallons per day, creating a deficit of 57 million gallons, Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing said.
To assist facilitate the UN-Water Global Assessment and Analysis of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) implementation and country level consultations in Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO), is working closely with the Pan African Inter-governmental Agency, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA).
WSA will lead the country level process in Ghana and 19 other African countries where they have field staff, while WHO, would support the process through its own country offices in 10 more countries, to make the total 30
Large sums of money allocated to five metropolitan assemblies in 2010 under the Second Urban Environmental Sanitation Project (UESP II) were used to pay consultants rather than for the project, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) learnt yesterday.
A number of people at Sang, capital town of newly created Mion District in the Northern Region have expressed worry about the lack of potable water and very limited access to sanitation. The situation is likely to aggravate during the coming harmattan season if swift and special attention is not given to the predominantly farming community. Water is so scarce that the people share the resource in the local dam with animals.
The 38th edition of National Level Learning Alliance Platform hosted the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) together with Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA),to share on the theme, "Modelling Sanitation Learning Agenda for Evidence-based Bridging of the Policy-Practice Gap in Ghana"
WASHCost - a US$ 14.5m, five-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and implemented by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) - has been a bold, global attempt to gain accurate knowledge on disaggregated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) costs in rural and peri-urban areas.
The 37th edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) hosted the Water Directorate of the Ministry of water Resource Works and Housing under the theme
"Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for WASH in Ghana". The platform also hosted the Water and Sanitation for Africa to launch the GLASS 2012.the event took place at the coconut Groove Regency Hotel Accra,on the 12th of September 2013.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Professor (Mrs) Esi Awuah has stated that lack of knowledge in the WASH sector, coupled with corruption and nepotism has been the cause of poor service delivery in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana.
Kotei, a dual faced community within the Kumasi Metropolis has been beneficiaries of the Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP) initiative since 2010. The Community is two-faced because one part of the town is rural and lacks basic social amenities, whilst the other side is the exact opposite of this with well laid out environment.
WSUP, a United Kingdom based non-for-profit company is a partnership organization made up of partners from the Academia, private sector and NGO. WSUP Work with local service providers, thus agencies and institution mandated by the constitution to deliver service at the community level. WSUP is therefore working with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), to provide improved and dignified sanitation services delivery to the people of Kotei community.
Mr Joseph Yaw Donkor of the Waste Management Department (WMD) of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has hinted that the Assembly would ensure that landlords provide toilet facilities in their properties to raid the city of filth.
This he said, would be done through intensive education and sensitisation on sanitation issues.
Mr Donkor gave the assurance on Thursday at the Noda Hotel in Fumesua, near Kumasi at the 24th Mole Conference organised by the Coalition of NGOs In Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS).