The USA is committing $45.5 million over the subsequent 5 years to enhance water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) providers in Ghana. U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan joined representatives of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Assets to launch the undertaking in Tamale immediately. The U.S. Authorities, by way of USAID, will work along with the Authorities of Ghana (GOG) to reinforce governance and planning for WASH tasks, strengthen sustainable financing, enhance non-public sector engagement, and speed up the adoption of wholesome hygiene practices. The undertaking will concentrate on six areas in northern Ghana: Higher East, Higher West, North-East, Northern, Savannah, and Oti Areas.
Ambassador Sullivan reiterated the US’ dedication to supporting Ghana to realize UN Sustainable Improvement Objective Six to Guarantee availability and sustainable administration of water and sanitation for all by 2030. “Communities want clear water and wholesome sanitation. Collectively we are going to proceed to help people, communities, districts, and areas to realize common entry to scrub water and primary sanitation and hygiene providers. That is an important motion throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and past, to enhance the well being of Ghanaians and their financial system.”
This new initiative goals to offer 300,000 folks with entry to primary sanitation providers and supply 250,000 folks with entry to primary consuming water providers. Over the subsequent 5 years, USAID and companions will work with the Minister of Sanitation and Water Assets, District Assemblies, environmental well being officers, group leaders, and the non-public sector to strengthen the governance financing of WASH providers. This new effort will finally empower residents to undertake sustainable, long-term WASH conduct change to enhance their well being and financial alternatives.
The undertaking builds on over a decade of partnership between the U.S. Authorities and the Authorities of Ghana on water, sanitation, and hygiene and general healthcare supply techniques. Over the previous 5 years, by way of the WASH for Well being undertaking, 150,000 folks gained entry to primary consuming water providers and 200,000 gained entry to improved sanitation amenities. WASH for Well being constructed and rehabilitated 200 water boreholes, offering an important supply of water to hospitals, clinics, and faculties. As well as, 5, small-town water techniques are offering clear water to 50,000 folks. Additionally by way of WASH for Well being, a ground-breaking partnership with the non-public sector-led to the event of the Digni-loo, a extra sturdy latrine which is 80% cheaper than comparable latrines. The mannequin is now being utilized in international locations across the globe.
Whereas in Tamale, in collaboration with Gushiegu District, Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan attended the launch of Ghana’s first-ever decentralized ambulance dispatch middle. Ambassador Sullivan was joined by the Chief Government of the Nationwide Ambulance Service, Professor Ahmed Nuhu Zacharia; and Robert Waaja Dawuni, Municipal Chief Government, Gushiegu, to fee Ghana’s first district Emergency Dispatch Middle (EDC), in Gushiegu, Northern Area. The Emergency Dispatch Middle is a key part of a $5.1 million U.S.-supported well being system strengthening project- Creating Acute Care and Emergency Referral System (ACERS), which additionally raises consciousness amongst group members to hunt emergency providers, and helps well being employees to enhance service supply. The undertaking has a particular concentrate on moms and newborns, addressing bottlenecks in accessing secure and high quality healthcare providers on the time of most want.