cholera
cholera

The European Union will contribute 600 000 euro (2 603 310 GH cedi) to a new multi-donor humanitarian project in Ghana to help prevent outbreaks of cholera, a disease which recorded 500 cases last year. This is especially important given the country is dealing with the consequences of major flooding, which increases the risks of cholera resurgence.

cholera
cholera

The one-year project, funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), aims at contributing to reduce the mortality and morbidity due to cholera in the most affected and risky regions in Ghana. It will be implemented by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Ghanaian national society, which will deploy 50 preparedness teams and 12 response teams to support seven public health care centres in several areas in the Accra region, namely in Accra Metro, GA South and Lekma.
The project will reach around 209 260 people with awareness raising activities on how to avoid the disease, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and the disinfection of affected households. The cholera issue will be addressed following what is known as the ?Sword and Shield approach?. The Sword component aims at containing and/or erasing all potential sources of contamination in households and sanitation services of a defined area, such as stagnant or unclean water sources. The Shield component aims at ensuring better water and sanitation services as well as good hygiene habits by the affected communities in order to reduce the risk of the disease transmission.
The rainy season in Ghana brings huge sanitation challenges to the country. The floods that hit the city two weeks ago exposed more than ever the shortcomings of the drainage system in Accra, often blocked by illicit disposal of solid waste. The lack of proper urban planning with constructions sites on water courses and poor sanitation practices aggravated as well the impact of heavy rain and increased the risk of diseases. Many displaced persons were left in precarious sanitation conditions.

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