Ghana envisions a long-term goal of universal access to safe drinking-water by 2025 and to eliminate open defecation by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This finds expression in the Water Sector Strategic Development Plan (WSSDP) 2012–2025. With safe drinking-water access at 87%, Ghana celebrates a substantial improvement. However, regional disparities of access still remain a big challenge for the country.
With 14% access to safe sanitation and an open defecation rate of 18%, Ghana still has a very hard task to accomplish in these areas: the dismal indicators are worsened when a comparative regional data is applied. Therefore achieving the SDG on sanitation, is still a long way and will require substantial investments in social, technological, infrastructural and financial areas to help build the momentum.
About WASH Alliance Ghana
The goal of the WASH Alliance in Ghana is to implement WASH interventions in Ghana to achieve increased sustainable access to and use of safe water and sanitation services and improved hygiene practices especially for women and the vulnerable groups in the communities. Through:
- WASH education and advocacy
- Provision of WASH infrastructure (institutional and household latrines, Rain Water Harvesting Tanks, Piped water extension, Hand Washing Facilities, etc)
- Training and capacity building of school management and community leaders on sustainable management of WASH facilities
- Integrated Water Resource Management
- Tree growing and planting
- Training and support to WASH service providers and entrepreneurs
- Lobbying and advocating for increased WASH budgets by District Assemblies 9 Local Authorities)
- Integrating WASH into health (menstrual hygiene, sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV and AIDS, Ending early and forced marriage of girls, Maternal and child health including safe motherhood).