The Government of Japan is providing support to help upgrade sanitation and hygiene in four districts in the Northern Region of Ghana with a grant facility of $3 million.
The four districts namely, Saboba, East Gonja, West Gonja and some peri-urban areas in the Tamale Municipality were selected because of their low sanitation coverage as compared to other districts in the region.
The Northern Region of Ghana was selected over the other nine regions because of the comparatively high prevalence of water and sanitation related diseases like diarrhea, buruli ulcer, and intestinal worms. Final selection of target communities and schools will be based on factual performance data on sanitation and hygiene as well as local priority as perceived by key district and regional actors.
The aim is to reach 75 communities with an estimated total of 112,500 individuals, including 4,000 school children in 16 schools, over a period of 3 years.
To end, an agreement was signed between the World Bank, and the SNV -Netherlands Development Organization, which are administering the fund to Ghana implement the project.
The objective of the Project is to improve the sanitation and hygiene practices of an estimated 112,500 poor and vulnerable persons in the four districts of northern Ghana, Noriaki Sadamoto, the First Secretary of the Japan Embassy explained.
He stated: "It will involve the provision of improved sanitation facilities to households and schools within the selected region. For sustainability, the project will involve the development of low cost sanitation technology options, creating and strengthening existing sanitation supply chains, through the promotion of social marketing techniques."
The project will have include components: stimulating demand for sanitation and hygiene services through behavioral change communication (BCC) under the community led total sanitation concept in communities; direct investment from project funds into school sanitation and hygiene facilities in 16 schools and Monitoring and Evaluation, and Knowledge Dissemination and Project Management and Administration as well as strengthening private sector participation.
Mr. Sadamoto hoped that the collaboration effort will bring sanitation and hygiene improvements in a sustainable and efficient management to the beneficiary communities.
On his part, the Country Director of the World Bank for Ghana, Yusupha Crookes said not only would SNV Ghana be held accountable on what results were promised as against what was achieved, but also changes the various facilities in the households and schools make on the reduction of diseases and improvement in the general welfare of the people.