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.

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.

International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) is proud to #BeBoldforChange by promoting women’s involvement in the construction sector. Already, we have trained over 1,000 young women in metal fabrication, tiling, survey technical assistance, machine operations, painting, fiberglass and aluminum fabrication, electrical work, Plaster of Paris design, plumbing, interior décor and entrepreneurship.

By continuing to encourage young women to engage in trade areas that are mostly male dominated, YIEDIE is taking bold action to reinforce women’s equality on International Women’s Day. We believe that women have the same capabilities as men. Now, our tenacious female trainees are showing that indeed they will accomplish the same as men.

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.

hstileWork is fast progressing on the 7 hygiene stations being constructed and rehabilitated in partnership with Unilever Ghana Foundation for selected schools in the Tema Metropolis. The hygiene stations are expected to provide pupils with convenient and safe sanitation as well as allow them to practice good personal hygiene. Each hygiene station comes with 4 cubicles and handwashing sinks.

The schools getting the facilities are the Manhean Presbyterian Basic School, Community 1 Presbyterian Basic School, Padmore Street Basic School, Community 7 Pre-School, Community 7 Junior High School, Community 11 Complex (A, B & Kindergarten Schools) and Klagon TMA Basic School.



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