Sanitation Ministry develops mobile App to clean Ghana

The winners being presented with their cheque at the end of the competition

The winners being presented with their cheque at the end of the competition

The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has organised a three-day technology competition, aimed at developing a mobile application that could help solve the country’s sanitation challenges.

Dubbed, the “Sanitation Hackathon,” the competition brought together programme developers, Information Technology specialists and sanitation advocates, to come up with digital solutions on how to effectively and efficiently manage the country’s waste management problems.

Held on the theme: “Managing waste through hacking,” the event was put together by the ministry with support from the World Bank.

The contest received 300 applications, out of which 35 teams were selected for the final stage, which was organised from November 17 to 19, 2018 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

The participants, judges and some officials from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources

he various teams made presentations on their developed mobile Apps and defended why their Apps could help address the sanitation challenges in the country.

Winners

At the end of the competition, the first placed team, which developed an App called “Nsuo” received US$5,000, tablets, and a six-month data package from Surfline.

Some of winners with their cheque

The second and third-placed teams, Beamers and Sani-GH received US$3,000 and US$2,000 respectively in addition to tablets and six months data packages from Surfline.

Also, teams that displayed commitment and creativity in their works were honoured with special awards. They were Team Kijani, Smart Team and Sani-GH Team.

Some of winners with their cheque

While Team Kijani was awarded the Most Innovative Solution, Smart Team and Sani-GH were awarded the Promising Solution and Good Teamwork respectively.

Waste management

In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah stressed the need for an increased awareness on safe disposal of human excreta through the use of improved household toilets.

Some of winners with their cheque

She said as part of efforts to improve the sanitation situation in the country, the ministry through the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project, has constructed 13,500 household toilets, adding that the project “is expected to construct an additional 7,000 toilets by the middle of 2019.”

Mrs Dapaah further indicated that the GAMA project would construct 406 institutional toilets in 246 schools across the Greater Accra Region to ensure that open defecation is eradicated in the beneficiary schools.

Technology

Touching on the competition, she said, the ministry “in collaboration with the World Bank and Information Technology Partners is organizing the Sanitation Hackathon to leverage on technology to solve some of the sanitation challenges” in the country.

“Technology is playing a significant role in addressing some of the developmental challenges in the country,” Mrs Dapaah said, noting that “Integrating Information Technology in sanitation is therefore a step in the right direction.”

Some of winners with their cheque

She, however, called on the media to galvanize support for the ministry to reach majority of Ghanaians with the needed messages that “will bring about change in the attitudes, behaviour and practices which are the bane of the sanitation challenges we are currently facing as a country.”

Efforts

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Sanitation, Mr Anthony Mensah commended the contestants for their dedication and innovativeness in coming out with digital solutions to the country’s sanitation challenges, particularly on how to manage solid waste.

He said the ministry would critically examine all the best ideas that were offered by the participating teams as part of the goal of making the country the cleanest city in Africa.

The participants, judges and some officials from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources

The Chief Executive Officer of the Soronko Academy, Regina Honu, who chaired the judges for the competition, said all the ideas presented by the various teams were good and therefore urged the participants not to relent on their efforts in helping the country to solve its sanitation problems.

 

GAMA picks up ‘Most Impactful Project’ at 2018 WASH Awards

GAMA picks up ‘Most Impactful Project’ at 2018 WASH Awards

Ing. George Asiedu Project Coordinator. GAMA Sanitation and Water Project (In White) picking the award.

The GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, has been awarded ‘Most Impactful Project’ at the 2018 National WASH Stewardship Awards which took place at Sogakope in the Volta Region on Thursday. The objective of the GAMA’s project is to increase access to sanitation and water to low-income urban communities in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

The project has currently provided over 13,500 household with toilet facilities, and has provided water to over four thousand households in such communities.

Even though the project will end in 2020, it is expected to exceed most of its targets.

the project is currently operating in eleven metropolitan and municipal Assemblies across GAMA.

The project has four components. The first component is the provision of environmental sanitation and water supply services to priority low-income areas under the GAMA, with a strong focus on liquid sanitation.

This component also includes the development and implementation of a hygiene and sanitation behavior change campaign targeted at low-income households, and a major learning and dissemination effort aimed at informing a large-scale institutionalized approach to upgrading sanitation in low-income communities.

Ing. George Asiedu, Project Coordinator, GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

The second component is the improvement and expansion of the water distribution network in the GAMA.

The objective of this component is to improve and expand the water distribution network in order to provide pipe-borne water to the targeted people living in low-income communities in the GAMA.

This component will also support the acquisition and installation of water meters and other equipment, as well as the provision of services, aimed at improving water demand management and reducing non-revenue water.

The third component is the planning, improvement, and expansion of GAMA-wide environmental sanitation services. The objective of this component is to develop integrated GAMA-wide plans for liquid and solid waste management and drainage, and to finance critical elements to improve the collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater and septic sludge.

The fourth component is institutional strengthening of Municipal, Metropolitan, and national institutions.

This component is to strengthen institutions of the GAMA, especially the waste management departments, to be accountable and responsible. It involves capacity building of staff members of the various institutions, stakeholders’ training, reviewing of by-laws of the MMDAs and other activities.

In 2013, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$155 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the Government of Ghana’s efforts to increase access to sanitation and water supply services. It is also intended for the improvement of the capacity of government agencies to plan and manage natural resources in a more sustainable manner.

The funds were to support two of the Government of Ghana’s priorities: manage natural resources in a sustainable manner, and bring improved sanitation and water supply to over 3.6 million people living in and around the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

Citi FM awarded for promoting water, sanitation issues in Ghana

Citi FM was also adjudged the ‘Most Impactful Media for Promoting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-related (WASH) issues at the 2018 National WASH Stewardship Awards’.

LIFE TIME AWARDS
1. Prof. Esi Awuah
2. Mr R. K. D. VanEss
3. Mr Minta Aboagye
4. Mr Naa Lenason Demedeme
5. Thomas Sayibu Imoro

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
1. UNICEF
2. World Bank
3. Royal Netherlands Embassy
4. USAID
5. European Union
6. Global Affairs, Canada

COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES
1. Safe Water: World Vision
2. Basic Sanitation: Global Communities
3. Advocacy: WaterAid
4. Research & Development: Prof. Kwabena Nyarko
5. Private Sector: Zoomlion
6. Media: CitiFM
7. Most Impactful Project- GAMA sanitation and Water Project

Source: Kojo Agyeman | citinewsroom.com | Ghana