Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Ghana and Togo)
The WASH issue
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector deals with issues surrounding access to clean water, basic toilet solutions and good hygiene practices. In 2016, over 663 million people do not have access to clean water sources and 2.5 billion do not use improved sanitation sources. Millions of people, especially children under the age of 5 years die from preventable WASH related diseases every year. On 28 July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, adopted by Heads of Government in 2015, is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Our Work in WASH
The Global Program: ProWorld Ghana (PWG) has led the charge on WASH related projects. Since 2010 PWG has supported NGO’s and Health Departments in Ghana’s central region in delivery of hygiene promotion campaigns e.g. handwashing in schools. PWG partnered with Vestergaard, manufacturers of the LifeStraw water filter to provide water education and distribute LifeStraws in the community of Asemanso; providing 200,000 L of clean water. PWG researched supply chain management for ceramic water filter production with custom group program participants from the University of Akron. The Global Program initiated a series on Menstrual Hygiene Management education and piloted cloth pad making workshops with generous financial and in-kind donations from our custom group program participants at Florid Gulf Coast University.
Lastly, a ProWorld Ghana Alumna helped the community of Ayedwe water well installation with World Vision support in 2010. ProWorld Ghana officially entered a community development partnership with the rural farming community in 2013 and is keen to support the community goal of well maintenance, as it is no longer functioning.
Your role as a global citizen
Support our work in WASH and our goal to increase projects with partners in Ghana and in Togo. Our vision is to support the realization of the human right to water and sanitation and contribute to achieving sustainable development goal 6. Our programmatic approaches are: 1) to empower communities through outreach and education and 2) to deliver services and supplies e.g. water well maintenance and household water treatment and storage options. In partnership we contribute to increased educational attainment, reduced water related disease burdens and increased dignity.
To learn more about the most recent WASH challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa please view this infographic produced by Aid & International DevelopmentView Inforgraphic
- Contact Person Shawn Dillard
- Date All year
- In All Sites
- Country Togo / Ghana
- URL www.africaourhome.org
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