Globally, 2.3 billion people lack access to safe sanitation services and 892 million people practice open defecation, which poses a dramatic threat to public health. Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) aims at eliminating open defecation by applying participatory activities that engage entire communities. CLTS has shown to be successful in eradicating open defecation, however, results remain diverse and in-depth understanding of CLTS’ mechanisms is still lacking. This study from RanasMosler tries to close this research gap.
Water Access Sanitation and Hygiene for the Urban Poor (WASH-UP), funded by USAID, helped to improve availability and access to water and sanitation services in three slum communities of Accra and two slum communities in the urban area of Sekondi-Takoradi. Using a community-driven approach that involved residents and a broad range of stakeholders, Global Communities implemented programs to create sustainable improvements in water and sanitation access while improving hygiene behaviors.
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
USAID increasing access to basic sanitation through Digni Loo. The video includes and interview with Akua Kwarteng Addo, Director of Health Population and Nutrition, at USAID/Ghana. It was produced by GoodLife, Live It Well, the Government of Ghana’s flagship public health communication brand.
Locations: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana
Implementing Partners: Population Services International (PSI), PATH, and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
The latest podcast from Global Waters Radio takes listeners to Kumasi, capital of Ghana’s Ashanti region, where a distributor of Aquatabs, Ernest Saka Ansong, and Asieduwaa Ofori Darko, a local Aquatabs vendor, share their thoughts on water quality challenges in Ghana, marketing and distribution strategies for water purification tablets, and stories of how they have positively impacted the communities they serve. This podcast was originally published in July 2017.
WASH for Health | 2015–2020
The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project is a five-year (2016–2021) Task Order working to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming by identifying, researching and sharing best practices for the delivery of WASH services and sustained behavior change. WASHPaLS supports the Agency’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality in children under five as part of the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths initiative.