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Hygiene Behaviour Chanage Communication is a sustained, well planned out system of activies that seeks to transform the hygiene beahviours of individuals, be they children, adults or the aged to exhibit desirable hygiene beahaviours and set aside negative behaviours. The WASH for Health Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development has over the past two years carefully researched, piloted and fine-tuned a set of comprehensive materials which are easy to learn, use and train other people to carry out successful hyiene behaviour change communicatioin activities.

The materials are recommended for use by Public Health Practitioners including Community Health Nurses, General Nurses, Environmental Health Officers and their Assistants, Community Development Officers, Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Practitioners, School-based Hygiene Coordinators, Teachers and many more professionals. Interested organizations/ individuals can get in touch with Global Communities to arrange for training in the use of the materials for its effective use.

The BCC Materials package is available for download here:

 

The RadioSpots in 6 languages covering 8 thematic areas can also be downloaded here

Theme English Dangme Likpakpa Fante         Dagbani  Ewe 
Build an improved household latrine Link Link Link Link Link Link
Use and maintain your improved household latrine Link Link Link Link Link Link
Safely dispose off child's faeces Link Link Link Link Link Link
Wash your hands before eating and after defecating Link Link Link Link Link Link
Build handwashing station close to kitchen and toilet Link Link Link Link Link Link
Boil water collected before drinking Link Link Link Link Link Link
Fetch drinking water safely Link Link Link Link Link Link
Store drinking water safely Link Link Link Link Link Link

International Youth Day is a day to reflect on the contribution of youth towards building a safer and more peaceful future. It is a day to remember that impactful political, economic, and social change is only possible with key input from youth. This year, International Youth Day is dedicated to commemorating young people across the globe for their contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and peace. The United Nations World Programme of Action for Youth notes that young people are often the main victims of conflict. Given the alarming rate of conflict worldwide, it is more important than ever to give youth a greater voice in decision-making and to set up mechanisms that would enable them to participate in peace processes.

While there is a growing interest on the integration of youth in all development planning processes, opportunities for youth to become economically and socially active remain low. A 2009 Institute of Social Statistics and Economic Research (ISSER) report shows that, in Ghana about 250,000 young people enter the labour market annually. Out of that figure only two percent is able to secure jobs in the formal sector while the rest strive to survive in the informal sector or remain unemployed. Whereas national unemployment rate is believed to be decreasing, available statistics point to rising graduate unemployment. For instance, graduate unemployment stood at 14.7 percent in 1987 and in 2011, the figure had shot up to 40 percent.

These troubling indicators reveal the extent to which Ghanaian youth are vulnerable to manipulation, coercion and exploitation for courses of action that continue to frustrate efforts at peacebuilding and the development of the nation. Although young people continue to contribute to the advancement of society, they struggle to make ends meet due to a lack of employment opportunities. Youth skills development and employment is an indispensable means of engaging the idle, energetic and passionate youth in self-development and in empowering the youth to make positive and sustainable contributions towards national development. We must therefore invest in young people and allow them to gain the skills required to usher in a peaceful, prosperous, and united future.

It is for this purpose that Global Communities is dedicated to creating long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe. The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) Project aims to support young people's life choices and their sense of responsibility, as well as to increase their participation in all sectors of the Ghanaian economy especially the burgeoning construction sector in achieving a better tomorrow. We create the fundamentals for growth by linking young people with volunteering opportunities in order to strengthen their skills, motivations and experiences. YIEDIE also works toward bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners of constructive change in today’s global society.

We believe that effective youth building is about creating opportunities for all young people to be actively involved in influencing, shaping, designing and contributing to the decision making process and the development of services and programmes. To this end, we call on all governments and stakeholders to take heed to the United Nations World Programme of Action for Youth and ignite the flame of progress, peace, and prosperity through the empowerment of youth.

Happy International Youth Day!

#YouthDay #Youth4Peace #ActOn2250

A durbar was held in Tanokrom MA Basic Schools in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis to offically handover 2 water-based institutional latrines constructed for the schools. The latrines come with overhead water storage tanks, hand washing sinks and urinals. The latrines are expected to significantly improve sanitation and hygiene practices in the schools. Earlier a multi-stakeholder agreement was signed with the School Authtorities, the Tanokrom Traditional Authority on behalf of the community and Local Manager of Ghana Water Company Limited in the Metropolis to see to the sustainability of the intervention.

Symbolically, the event also marked the handing over of all the 7 completed institutional latrines in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and Ahanta West District that were provided with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) For Health Project in partnership with the Coca Cola Africa Foundation through their Water and Develepoment Alliance (WADA). This unique partnership was instituted by USAID under their Global Development Alliance.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana woke up on the morning of 1st July 2017 to sad news; the demise of Ing Joseph Kwame Asante through a tragic motor accident near Konongo on the N6 (Accra-Kumasi Highway).

Before his untimely death, Ing. Asante was the Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID funded WASH for Health Project which is being implemented in selected Districts of 6 Regions in the country. He was the Project Director for the Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Poor (WASH-UP) Project which ended in September 2016. Ing. Asante had earlier worked with Irrigation Dvelopment Autority (IDA) in Accra and also the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in the Central Region and the Ashanti Region.

He will be dearly missed for his liveliness, pragmatism, depth and breadth of knowledge in the sector, open-mindedness, exemplary leadership and sense of duty. Your colleagues, friends and mentees deeply miss you. Rest in Perfect Peace Joseph Kwame Asante but your memory lives on in our minds and our hearts.

In pursuance of developing cheap but durable and safe latrines for use in rural and peri-urban areas, Global Coummunities with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with Duraplast Ghana Limited; a leading producer of plastic products to develop, test and launch a plastic latrine slab named "Digni-Loo".

At a well attended event launch, which combined launching the Digni-Loo with a Social Behaviour Change Communication Materials Package, participants were highly enthused with the products and were optimistic the latrine slab and SBCC materials will be invaluable to the WASH sector.

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