STOCKHOLM, AUGUST 22, 2011 According to a new report released today by
the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) at the World Bank,African countries
that transition to taking a leadership role in safe water and sanitation
service delivery to the millions of people without access have an unprecedented opportunity to drastically reduce these numbers by 2015.
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) project, was introduced to a team sector experts forming the project technical working committee by the project Ghana team led by TREND, a National NGO operating in the Water and Sanitation Sector. The project is a three-year EU funded project (FP7), which focuses on technologies for sustainable WASH delivery in Peri-urban, Small Towns and Rural areas.
The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alban Bagbin, has said that statistics available to him indicate that only 62 percent of the country’s population as at last year had access to potable drinking water.
At long last, Messrs Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited, the Israeli firm contracted to implement the Kumawu, Konongo and Kwahu water projects, has pitched camp at Kumawu to commence work, which is already12 months behind schedule.
Residents of Kodie, district capital of the Afigya Kwabre District, are in distress as all the three Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP) toilet facilities in the town are posing a health hazard and imminent source of epidemics.
That 2.6 billion people live each day without a proper toilet is shocking. Break that number down, however, and it's even worse. Of these 2.6 billion people, the vast majority live in developing countries, this means that half the people in the developing world do not have a proper toilet. Take into account socio-economic status and the inequalities are worse still: in South Asia, amongst the poorest 40%, only 2 out of 10 households benefit from a safe, clean and dignified place to defecate.
United Nations, 21 June 2011—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Ugandan Minister of Water & Environment the Hon. Maria Mutagamba, and His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, today launched the "Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive to 2015" (http://www.sanitationdrive2015.org/), a push to speed up progress on the Millennium Development Goal target of improving global sanitation by 2015.
Kumasi — The management of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has declared war on sanitation offenders and drivers of heavy duty vehicles who off-load goods at the Central Business area of Adum during working hours.
At a capacity building workshop for members of the Ghana Watsan Journalists’ Network (GWJN), an organization, which focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene, Mr Minta Aboagye, outgoing Director (Water), Ministry of Water Resource, Works and Housing (MWRWH), has said that there are plans to introduce rain water harvesting to help address water challenges facing the people.