Seventeen(17) Communities in Eastern and Volta Regions achieved Open Defecation Free status during the implementation of Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) project by...
Seventeen(17) Communities in Eastern and Volta Regions achieved Open Defecation Free status during the implementation of Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) project by Plan International Ghana.
The communities are Nsutam,Amanfro
Sanfoano,Mintakrom Lakpa ,Addo nkwanta and Amahi in the Eastern region while others are Liati Datem
,Liati Agbonyra,Liati Soba, Liati Tiekrom,Have Ablodime ,Have Adzekope ,Have Aveyoyoe ,Liati Dafornu,Tette Kofi and Nyagbo Gagbefe also in the Volta region.
The German National Office’s €1million funded project which officially ended on September 15,2018 after three years of implementation by Plan International Ghana in twenty (20) communities in the two region is envisage to reduce morbidity and mortality of all Children under 18 years by 2018 in the beneficiary communities.
The Project was implemented with provision of hardware(toilet and Mechanized borhole facilities) ,hygiene education,sanitation promotion,Capacity building ,and advocacy components .
Before the implementation of the Project in the 20 beneficiary communities ,residents were dependent on polluted water sources for consumption.In some of the communities water was scarce hence impacted negatively on education of Children as they wasted long school hours in search for water.
The lack of toilet facilities in Schools ,homes and the communities led to open defecation which triggered annual cholera and diarrhoea whiles girls in menstruation period absent themselves from school because had no washroom to change .
The Eastern Regional Manager of Plan International Ghana,Kofi Adade Debrah explained that “there were 19 schools as partners .we constructed 22 boreholes ,one hand dug well,out of these 22 boreholes,8 of them mechanized “.
He said the Project has helped the communities meet the Goal 3 and 6 of the sustainable Development goals on clean Water and hygiene as well as Good health for all.
The Business Development Manager of Plan International Ghana,Joseph Appiah, the donors of the project have agreed to continue the implementation but this time with €2.2 million to cover 36 more Communities in Eastern,Volta and Central with much focus on supporting the decentralize agencies and communities to improve on sanitation and hygiene .
According to the World Bank, Ghana losses It estimated average of $79 million annually due to open defecation and is classified among 34 countries with the highest open defecation rates of 15% and above.
Leaders of the beneficiary communities have commended Plan International Ghana for the project which they say has changed public perception towards sanitation and hygiene .They assured to sustain the gains made and improve upon it going forward.