CHF International Ghana, with support from the United States Agency for International Development, is implementing a three-year intervention aimed at improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in five slum communities in Accra and Sekondi. Mr Abdul Salam Mohammed, the Project Coordinator, announced this at a CHF media engagement at Anaji near Takoradi on Thursday. He said the intervention formed part of CHF Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Poor (WASH-UP) programme.
Mr Mohammed said the five beneficiary communities are Avenor, Ayidiki and Nima in Accra and New Takoradi and Kojokrom in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. He said the WASH-UP programme, which started in October 2009, is in its second phase which is running from February to August 2011. Mr Mohammed said despite efforts by the authorities and concerned stakeholders to upgrade living conditions in urban slum communities, behaviours such as open defecation, poor waste disposal practices and limited access to good drinking water is prevalent in communities.
He said the objectives of the WASH-UP programme are to increase household access to drinking water supply and sanitation facilities, promote innovative economic water and sanitation enterprises, improve hygiene and sanitation behaviours and strengthen local governance of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion. Mr Mohammed said that at the end of the intervention, it is expected that an additional 27,341 people would have access to improved drinking water supply and an increment of 19,811 people would have access to improved sanitation facilities.
He said some 6,000 more people would have access to public improved sanitation facilities in communal settings and the number of people practicing hand-washing with soap would increase by 18,757. Mr Mohammed said some 132,266 more people were expected to benefit from community wastewater collection infrastructure.
March 17, 2011
Anaji (W/R), GNA
Culled from http://www.modernghana.com/news/320845/1/ngo-organizes-discussions-on-wash-up-programme.html