Ghana is ready to partner Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the provision of water and sanitation services in rural areas, Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Patrick Yaw Boamah said here on Thursday.
In his message during the launch of the Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (R-WASH) project by global charity, Plan International Ghana, the deputy minister added that government will ensure that all available resources were harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal(SDG) of “Ensuring sustainable management of water, sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.”
The R-WASH project which will span the period of 39 months will be implemented in selected districts in Volta, Eastern and Central regions.
It aims at contributing to reduction in death (morbidity and mortality) among all children, especially girls, through equitable access to safe, affordable and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hygiene by 2021.
In all, the project seeks to increase access to safe, affordable and sustainable drinking water to 32,333 beneficiaries, paying special attention to the needs of vulnerable girls and women in the three regions by October, 2021.
One in five Ghanaians has no access to a toilet and defecate in the open, with open defecation rates over 70 percent in Northern Ghana, reflecting significant national inequalities, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Enditem