Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) for Health

 

Despite recent sanitation successes and the introduction of promising technologies, roughly 85 percent of Ghanaians still lack access to improved sanitation. This gap in coverage has led to recurring cholera outbreaks in recent years. Ghana is now tackling its sanitation challenges with renewed vigor, and intensifying efforts to scale up sanitation improvements nationwide with the help of the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) for Health initiative 

WASH for Health is a five-year initiative which aims to expand water and sanitation access and improve key hygiene behaviors in 30 districts in five regions of Ghana. WASH for Health works in coordination with local partners across the country to educate the public about the benefits of eliminating open defecation, fostering community involvement in identifying and implementing sustainable sanitation solutions, and promoting mutual accountability for maintaining sanitation-related behavior change. 

The project complements USAID/Ghana's other health investments to execute activities through six distinct components:

  1. increase use of improved household sanitation
  2. improve community water supply services
  3. improve sector governance and policies
  4. expand key hygiene behaviors
  5. leverage public/private partnerships to magnify the impact of USG investments,
  6. improve water supply and sanitation infrastructure for health facilities

 

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