36 additional communities in Ghana to benefit from IWASH Project 36 additional communities in Ghana to benefit from IWASH Project
Plan International Ghana,a Child Centered development and humanitarian non governmental Organization has secured additional 2.2 million euro funding to continue the Integrated Water Sanitation... 36 additional communities in Ghana to benefit from IWASH Project
Plan International Ghana,a Child Centered development and humanitarian non governmental Organization has secured additional 2.2 million euro funding to continue the Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) Project after succesful three years implementation of the first part of the project in 20 communities in Eastern and Volta Regions.
The Business Development Manager of Plan International Ghana,Joseph Appiah,
Stated that ,donors of the project have decided to continue funding the implementation of the project in 36 addditional Communities in Eastern,Volta and Central with much focus on supporting the decentralize agencies and communities to improve on sanitation and hygiene .
The first face of the IWASH Project  which ended on September 15,2018 seventeen(17)  out of the twenty(20) beneficiary Communities met Open Defecation Free  status .
The beneficiary 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 €1million funded project is expected to reduce morbidity and mortality of all Children under 18 years by 2018.
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 ascarce 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 .
The Eastern Regional Manager of Plan International Ghana,Kofi Adade Debrah explained that “there were 19 school 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.
According to the World Bank, Ghana losses It estimated  average of $79 million annually due to open defecation and it is classified among 34 countries with the highest open defecation rates of 15% and above.
The Eastern Regional Environmental Officer Bassanyin Isaac,says the region but by the intervention of Plan International Ghana,many communities  in the region would have continued to wallow in open defecation and poor sanitation due to inadequate fund from central government to eradicate the menace.
Source :enaghana.com/Kojo Ansah