Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CWSA, Triple – S, Use Mobile Technology To Tackle Water, Sanitation Facilities Breakdown

Participants at SMARTer WASH project launch
By Patrick Baidoo

Statistics available indicate that about 30 percent of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities across rural and peri-urban communities in Ghana have broken down, or are not functioning properly and in need of maintenance to ensure their sustainability for long term use.

The Do’s And Don’ts For CLTS Facilitators

Source: Emmanuel Ato Quansah
Extension Services Specialist
CWSA – Upper West

                                                                                                                               Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is based on stimulating a collective sense of disgust and shame among community members as they confront the crude facts about mass open defecation and its negative impacts on the entire community (Kar, 2005). Hence, CLTS seeks to achieve and maintain “Open Defecation-Free (ODF)” communities and improved hygiene practices. The aim of CLTS is to make community members realize that they need to change their own behaviour which is negatively affecting the sanitation of their community and to decide on their own, how to deal with the problem.

Implementing Social Accountability With Public Hearing Tool In Wash Project

Emmanuel Ato Quansah 
Source: Emmanuel Ato Quansah
Extension Services Specialist
CWSA – Upper West

Social Accountability (SA)

Social Accountability (SA) has over the years taken a center stage in the implementation of important projects in which sustainability is considered as key (e.g. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects). SA is an approach that ensures accountability that relies on civic engagement in which ordinary citizens and citizen groups participate directly or indirectly in exacting accountability (Malena et. al, 2004). The relevance of Social Accountability in the implementation of vital projects such as WASH projects cannot be over estimated.

UNAIDS, AIDS Commission Sex Talk Forum

Source: UNAIDS

Friday the 17th of May 2013 saw the second edition of sex talk forum commence at the Kama Conference Centre.

Water: The Connecting Link To Climate Change Adaptation

Source: Global Water Platform

“An integrated approach to managing and developing the world’s water resources is vital for not only driving world economies, ensuring human well-being and security from hunger, but can also serve as an essential building block for enhancing coherence on adaptation,” said Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair of GWP at a side event at the Bonn climate change negotiations.

Least Developed Countries Demand Climate Finance Figures From Rich Nations By End Of Year

Source: IIED

The world’s least developed countries have called upon the industrialised nations to provide detailed information about the finance they are willing to provide to help the vulnerable adapt to climate change.

World Bank Approves Funds To Boost Water and Sanitation Services

Source: World Bank

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$155 million IDA grant to support the Government of Ghana’s efforts to increase access to sanitation and water supply services and to improve the capacity of government agencies to plan and manage natural resources more sustainably.

Post 2015: A Global Goal on Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment

Source: UN Information Centre

Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls, from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland, have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific abuses.

HIV Prevalence Rate Now 1.37 Percent


Ghana’s HIV prevalence rate currently stands at 1.37 per cent, the 2012 Sentinel Survey (HSS) and National Prevalence and Estimates report has revealed.