Minister launches Project to improve Kumasi sanitation and water supply

Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources on Monday launched the Greater Kumasi Sanitation and Water Project, which seeks to strengthen environmental sanitation management and water supply in the city and its environs.

The World Bank (WB)-assisted project comprises four components and includes; increasing access to sanitation services in priority low income areas and also supporting the expansion of the water distribution network.

The four-year project has received US$125 million assistance from the WB towards its implementation.

Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the sector Minister, during the launch at the Jubilee Park, Kumasi, said about 120 kilometer of pipelines would be laid, and 10, 000 new households would also be connected to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) water system.

This is expected to provide pipe-borne water to an estimated 150, 000 people living in the beneficiary areas – Kumasi, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Old Tafo, Suame, Kwadaso, Ejisu and Asokore-Mampong, she stressed.

Ms Dappah indicated that the Ministry was providing technical assistance to the metropolitan and other beneficiary municipal assemblies within the Greater Kumasi jurisdiction for the success of the project.

Among other benefits, the project would support the GWCL to improve on its operational efficiency through interventions necessary to address some challenges such as the reduction in non-revenue water losses.

The target is to reduce non-revenue water losses from its current level of 54 per cent to 40 per cent by the end of the project period.

Additionally, there are plans to improve sanitation services, including; wastewater and septic sludge management investments, liquid waste management and drainage and investment in bio-digester sludge processing plants.

Another key component of the project is to support the provision of 42, 000 household toilets and 150 school healthcare sanitation facilities for the beneficiary areas.

Ms Dapaah said the government would not relent in its efforts to invest in programmes and projects tailored to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Six (6) – ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.

The Minister advocated an attitudinal change in the lukewarm attitude towards environmental sanitation issues, and called on the citizenry to demonstrate seriousness in relation to those issues for their own wellbeing.

Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Mayor of Kumasi, said the city and its adjoining municipalities had an estimated three million population.

By 2030, the population is estimated to reach 4.2 million, according to the Mayor, saying statistics from the 2010 Population and Housing Census indicated that nearly 40 per cent of the population in Kumasi relied on public and shared toilets.

Only 58 per cent have access to private toilet facilities, he added.

Mr. Assibey-Antwi said the provision of institutional and household toilet facilities was, therefore, an area where great efforts were required “to help the population gradually move up the sanitation ladder and shift from the practice of open defecation.”

The programme was chaired by Oheneba Owusu Afriyie IV, Apagyahene, representing Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei II.

Other dignitaries included; the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) for Oforikrom, Kwadaso and Suame.

The World Bank and Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council were also represented.

World Bank approves US$125m additional funding for sanitation and water project

About 550,000 Ghanaians in low income urban communities of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA) are expected to receive improved water and sanitation services in the coming months.

This follows the approval of an additional financing of US$ 125 million by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors from the International Development Association (IDA) to support Government in the implementation of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA SWP).

“Providing equitable access to safe and improved water supply and sanitation services is essential to improve people’s lives particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this project, we are committed to provide better access to water and sanitation to the most vulnerable, therefore improving lives and reducing poverty,” said Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The additional financing to the GAMA SWP will also help strengthen the management of environmental sanitation services in the GAMA and GKMA. It will provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to schools and healthcare facilities and promote handwashing.

Households benefiting from toilets and/or water connections will benefit from handwashing facilities and relevant handwashing training.

“By promoting the use of safe sanitation and hygiene practices, the existing project has enabled vulnerable communities combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. While encouraging results have been achieved so far, more work is needed to address remaining challenges and ensure sustainable universal coverage by 2030,” said Yitbarek Tessema, Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank.

The project will also improve coordination between key agencies and strengthen the capacity and performance of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies by reducing Non-Revenue Water, improving wastewater management, addressing issues of pollution, climate-change and translating development plans into focused actions.

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The government is expected to replicate the successful GAMA SWP approaches in Kumasi, and further expand services to targeted beneficiaries.

Overall, some of the key results include: provide 250,000 people with household toilets; 200,000 persons with institutional sanitation facilities; and 500,000 people with improved water services.

Ghana launches corona life TV series campaign

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project the Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry in collaboration InGenius Africa and Graphic Communication Group have embarked on a Television series dubbed corona life aimed at creating an attitudinal change among the populace, in an effort to reduce covid-19 pandemic.

The series which aims at attitudinal change which would be on the television, radio and social media would also sensitize the public on improved sanitation, good hygiene and observing the recommended Ghana Health Service protocols on COVID-19.

The educational series is also designed to attract the needed attention of the masses purposely in the local Ghanaian languages with known actors and actress Micky Osei Berko and Gloria Sarfo.

The Project Coordinator of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, George Asiedu in an interview on Ahotor92.3 fm bemoaned the lack of attitudinal change that is needed to reduce the covid-19 pandemic.

Noting the various efforts the President has had to embark on to reduce the spread of the infection, the attitudes of the citizens have become a challenge.

Citing the closure of the country’s borders, 21 days of partial lockdown of some major cities, the supply of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), enhanced contact tracing of people who have had contact with infected ones, and the mass testing, coupled with the setting up of isolation centres.

He also cited the supply of essential drugs to support the infected ones and the implementation of social interventions and support services.

According to Ing. Asiedu, there is a close link between the pandemic and sanitation which are both public health issues.

To that end, GAMA since 2014 with the support of the World band increased  access to improved sanitation and water supply targeting mainly the vulnerable and the low-income people in Greater Accra, which has increased sanitation and hygiene among the recipient communities.

The GAMA project, he said has improved behavior change on good hygiene improved sanitation and  safe water to over four hundred thousand people (400,00) in GAMA and supported two hundred and twenty-five thousand (225,000) low income beneficiaries with access to over thirty thousand (30,000) improved household toilets facilities.

In as much as Ghana’s situation appeared much better compared to the global spread of covid-19, Ghana’s infection rate is (0.8) percent compared to (0.16) percent across the world, recovery rate of 84 percent compare to 55.2 percent worldwide and death rate of 0.6 percent compared to 3.9 percent.

Some two hundred and thirty-two thousand (232,000) school children in two hundred and forty-three (243) schools in GAMA through the provision of fit for purpose, disability friendly and gender sensitive school sanitation facilities with adequate water supply and hand washing facilities. The  Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), he noted has supplied  three hundred and sixty-eight thousand (368,000) low income beneficiaries access water supply through ten thousand and forty (10,040) new household water connections.

He gave the rationale for the Corona Life Series

Source:Godfred Sey/ Ahotoronline .com

GAMA collaborates with others to reduce surge in COVID-19 cases

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project with funding from the World Bank and support from the Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry, is collaborating with InGenius Africa and Graphic Communications Group to sensitize Ghanaians on behavior change through corona life series to reduce the surge in COVID-19 cases.

On Tuesday, July 14 2020, GAMA launched an educational series designed to attract the needed attention of the Ghanaian masses purposely in the local Ghanaian languages with known actors and actress Micky Osei Berko and Gloria Sarfo.

The series would be in television, radio and social media on corona life to sensitize the Ghanaian public on improved sanitation, good hygiene and observing the recommended protocols on COVID-19 to effect willful behavior and attitudinal change.

Coordinator of GAMA Ing. George Asiedu in his address applauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s government and the front-line health Ghanaian workers towards the fight against the spread of covid-19.

These efforts include the closure of our borders, partial lockdown, supply of PPEs, enhanced contact tracing, mass testing, setting up of isolation centers, supply of essential recommended drugs/medication for management of infected persons, implementation of social intervention and support services; including support to the vulnerable, provision of free electricity and water supply, as well as other relevant positive actions by government to reduce the economic impact of the pandemic on the individual and businesses
.

He, however, noted that the nation continues to record increasing number of positive case standing at twenty-four thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight (24,988) with one hundred thirty-nine deaths (139) and twenty-one thousand sixty-seven recovery and discharge.

In as much as Ghana’s situation appeared much better compared to the global spread of covid-19, Ghana’s infection rate is (0.8) percent compared to (0.16) percent across the world, recovery rate of 84 percent compare to 55.2 percent worldwide and death rate of 0.6 percent compared to 3.9 percent.

Ing. Aseidu noted that since 2014 GAMA has been pursuing the objective of increasing access to improved sanitation and water supply targeting mainly the vulnerable and the low-income people in Greater Accra.

As the project has also facilitated behavior change campaigns on good hygiene improved sanitation safe water to over four hundred thousand people (400,00) in GAMA and supported two hundred and twenty-five thousand (225,000) low income beneficiaries with access to over thirty thousand (30,000) improved household toilets facilities.

Through Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) three hundred and sixty-eight thousand (368,000) low income beneficiaries access water supply through ten thousand and forty (10,040) new household water connections.

And also improve the educational lives of some two hundred and thirty-two thousand (232,000) school people in two hundred and forty-three (243) schools in GAMA through the provision of fit for purpose, disability friendly and gender sensitive school sanitation facilities with adequate water supply and hand washing facilities.

source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com

COMMEMORATION OF 2020 MHD, THEME: “Menstrual Hygiene Management and COVID-19 Pandemic for Marginalized Women and Girls”

 

 

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day. Let us think about what some of our girls and young women go through during menstruation. They don’t have access to basic sanitary pads or materials, no private and safe place to change themselves, numerous societal taboos and stigmatisation.
Join us to commemorate this global day.

Period, be amazing!!!

The Maiden Edition of the WASH Channel Telecast

This Channel was inititated by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources through the GAMA-SWP to discuss sanitation and water related issues in the country.  The maiden edition presents the GAMA-SWP project coordinator Ing. George Aseidu interviewed by Naa Atwe.

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World Bank Country Director calls on Sanitation and Water Resources Minister

The Country Director of the World Bank Office in Ghana, Mr Pierre Jean Laporte, has called on the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources as part of a supervisory mission on the implementation of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP), and the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project which has been signed pending effectiveness this week.

The World Bank Country Director informed the Minister that the Bank was fully committed to providing all support needed to the sanitation sector in facilitating the transfer of experience from other countries in the region to enable the country meet the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs); especially goal 6.2 which focuses on sanitation.

The Country Director also said the Bank expects the Ministry to speed up the institutionalisation and operationalisation of the proposed National Sanitation Authority which was announced by the Vice President some months ago; emphasising that the establishment of the Authority is a critical step towards the organisation of a coordinated sector.

On the implementation of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, the Country Director informed the Minister about the Bank’s agreement to extend the Project closing date by seven months and further provide an additional financing of US$160 million to upscale the project to the other regions of the country.

The Ministry must however follow up with a formal request and immediately complete a project preparation plan.

Mr Laporte also mentioned that the additional financing intent of the Bank includes upgrading of an existing faecal sludge treatment plant at Nungua Farms.

The Country Director also mentioned the need for the Ministry to seriously institute measures to ensure the sustainability of the 406 institutional school sanitation facilities provided under the GAMA Project.

He said the facilities provided are disability friendly and menstrual hygiene considerate but their successful operation and maintenance involves mobilization of funds.

He, therefore, entreated the Ministry to clarify the responsibility of the operation and maintenance arrangements in the context of the free education policy.

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, welcoming the team to her office, expressed the Ministry’s appreciation to the Bank for its consistent support to the sector over the years, particularly the support through the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, which has provided over twenty-seven thousand household toilets in the Greater Accra Region alone, the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project and the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development which will become effective next week.

The Minister informed the team that access to improved sanitation has increased from 15 per cent to 21 per cent across the country.

Similarly, open defaecation rates in the Upper West Region has dropped from 83 per cent to 52 per cent within the last three years.

She also mentioned that, over the past 2 years, the Non Revenue Water of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has reduced from about 50 per cent to 48 per cent as a result of the support from the World Bank amongst other interventions by the Company itself.

The Minister informed the Country Director and his team that the Ministry has successfully secured 65.5 acres of land in the Ga West Municipality for the development of an engineered landfill site to receive solid waste from the GAMA as part of its readiness for the successful takeoff of the GARID Project.

She further indicated that the Ministry is still pursuing the acquisition of other such sites in Adenta Municipality and Ghana Atomic Energy Commission(GAEC) for waste Transfer Stations.

The Minister emphasized the point that as a government interested in the development of the private sector, the Ministry will work with private companies in developing and managing the various landfill sites and transfer stations to improve the solid waste management efforts of the Country.

She assured the team of her resolve as the Sector Minister to ensure that all the investments made into the sector yield favourable results.

SRWSP and GAMA SWP have introduced innovative approaches to boost effectiveness and sustainability of WASH services, with emphasis on the unserved low-income population.

The Bank and Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources are considering scaling up these experiences since both projects have achieved over 90% of their targets.

The GARID Project, on the other hand, is a multi-sector and transformative urban resilience project which aims to support Greater Accra Region to become a cleaner, flood resilient and economically vibrant city.

The project is the first phase of a series of projects and focuses specifically on reducing flood risk in the Odaw river basin in three selected low-income communities: Nima, Alogboshie and Akweteman.

Source: GraphicOnline.com

 

Sanitation ministry to replicate GAMA water, sanitation project nationwide

The Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry has announced that it will soon replicate the GAMA Water and Sanitation Project to other parts of the country.

The proposed up-scaling follows huge strides recorded in the implementation of the pro-poor project in the Greater Accra Region.

GAMA, through the World Bank is expected to provide eighteen thousand affordable, environmental friendly state of the toilet facilities to low income and urban communities and expand access to potable water to these areas by 2020.

The World Vision International estimates that about 15 in every 100 Ghanaians have access to sanitation facilities and services, while nearly all public schools lack access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities.

So far, more that fifteen thousand four hundred toilets have been constructed for households in various assemblies within the catchment area for the ongoing Greater Accra Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Project.

This figure according to project managers is subject to change considering the rate with which contractors are constructing the facilities based on the increasing demand.

Liquid Waste Programs Manager, Henrietta Osei-Tutu hinted “once you start the initiative in other areas, it means that all the resources required, both human and financial has to be in place, and it takes time to mobilize these things.”

The leader for the capacity building component of the GAMA Water and Sanitation project added “GAMA has given us so many lessons through the capacity building component which is helping us draw lessons so that when we move to other areas we will not repeat some of the draw backs recorded in GAMA. This project now serves as a blueprint to move to other areas.”

According to the Liquid Waste Programs Manager, “the ministry is working assiduously to achieve the target of having sustainable toilets for all. We are also in talks with other funding agencies while we develop the concept of up-scaling to other urban areas. I cannot give you specific timelines for the expansion but I can assure you however that, we are developing all the necessary framework designs and concepts that are required to be able to replicate this success story in other urban areas in Ghana.”

Update on Water and Sanitation Project

Managers of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly Water and Sanitation Project say figures available to them as at December 19, 2018 points to the successful completion of more than 15,400 household toilets.

The project has also completed a total of 106 out of proposed 400 education institutional toilets to be provided more than in over 100 schools across the project catchment area.

More so, the water component of the project according to Henrietta Osei-Tutu “has even a better story than the sanitation component.”

“With the sanitation component, we had to do a lot of studies, assessments and pilots before we were able to scale up to achieve the success we have”, she revealed.

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The Liquid Waste Programs Manager at the Sanitation Ministry added “the water component on the other hand was quite specific.

They started out mainly with their initiative which was the construction and extension of pipe mains for houses to be able to connect in low income areas especially where the mains which are the bigger pipes that distribute water were not passing through.”

The water component is said to have exceeded its target, connecting areas that hitherto had serious water challenges like Adenta. The project is currently in Ga East where suburbs like Taifa, Kwabenya and the like have access to potable water now.

Challenges with management of school toilets

Like most public facilities, the poor maintenance culture is thwarting efforts by the GAMA project to provide decent toilet facilities for schools.

A good number of the completed school toilets according to project managers are in bad shape owing to the poor maintenance culture and seeming lake of concern by district and municipal assembly officers to keep the facilities functioning the way it ought to.

Solid Waste Director at the Sanitation Ministry, Charlotte Adjei-Marfo noted “the figures and reports we have on assessments of school toilets are very disturbing. The management of the ones we have built has been a big issue and it is the responsibility of the municipal assemblies to cater for the toilets through budgetary allocations from the assemblies”.

Behavioral Change Specialist working on the GAMA project, Kuranchie Adama-Tettey revealed that GAMA would soon come up with a district league table for schools on the management of their toilet facilities.

He said “the school within the GAMA area would be encouraged to come up with sustainable ways of managing their school toilets, not just ways but how they are doing it and succeeding. This would help us award marks and recognize the schools that are doing well in that regard”.

Bio-digester Technology

GAMA is deploying the Bio-digester Toilet System which is an on-site treatment system for faecal matter. The technology replaces the septic tank by receiving and treating faecal matter directly from the water closets. More than 90% of beneficiary households have had the technology installed with the toilet constructed for them.

Behavioral Change Specialist working on the GAMA project, Kuranchie Adama-Tettey maintains s“the bio-digester technology has become useful because it is small, much more affordable and can be constructed in very clumsy areas”.

He however adds that “we are aware that people are constructing this bio-digester toilets without the requisite skills and knowledge on how to construct them, so as a project, because we have made the bio-digester technology popular, we do not want to leave it at that. We want to go further into developing guidelines that somebody can pick up to be able to follow to properly construct the bio-digester toilets and also do them well”.

Mr Tettey said they will engage private sector to also develop the service chain for the technology to create a business model for people to engage and benefit from.

Projections for 2019

The GAMA Water and Sanitation Project is hoping to get additional funding next year to facilitate the construction of more storm drains and also undertake an upstream and downstream extension of the Mallam drain. This is aimed at helping address perennial flooding in the capital.

The Project managers are also seeking to work to improve sewerage systems by major giving attention to the Teshie Treatment Plant and Tema Sewerage System.

Pupils pay GH¢5 toilet facilities maintenance fees

Authorities of  Public Basic Schools in the La Nkwantanang and Ga East Municipalities  are charging pupils five Cedis per term for maintenance of  toilet facilities in  schools constructed under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

Although this levy is taken separately from  PTA dues  each term, the Head Teachers believe it is inadequate because they have to employ the services of janitors to clean these facilities.

This came to light when members of the Media Coalition Against Open Defecation inspected a number of toilet facilities constructed under the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

The schools visited are the Madina S.D.A, Queen of Peace R/C and Wass Experimental basic schools in the La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly as well as the Abokobi Presby “1” Primary Basic school in the Ga East Municipality.

There were 12 toilet units in each school, serving more than three thousand three hundred pupils in the 4 schools.

Interestingly, all the schools visited charge pupils 5 cedis per term for  maintenance of the facility.

According to the headmistress of Queen of Peace R/C basic school Rhoda Dabinla, the amount is inadequate. She said ” the 5 cedis per term is not enough….we dont have enough money to pay two janitors so we have employed only one for now” 

Headmaster of Wass Experimental Basic School Samuel Kolbila shared similar sentiments.

Patron of the Media Coalition against Open Defecation Dr. Doris Dartey raised concerns about the poor maintenance of the facilities. 

“So far we haven’t been satisfied with the maintenance of this world class facilities. What will be the state of these state of the art facilities in a few years from now?”

The GAMA Sanitation and Water Project is a World Bank initiative aimed at improving sanitation and water supply to low income communities in Ghana.

The tour of the schools by members of the Media Coalition against Open Defecation was supported by GAMA Project.

Source: www. gbcghanaonline.com

M-Code and GAMA inspect toilet facilities in schools

Education Schools Toilet

By Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA    

Accra, July 25, GNA – The Media Coalition Against Open Defaecation (M-CODe) and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) on Thursday inspected new toilet facilities constructed for schools under the GAMA toilet project.

The inspection, conducted in schools within the La-Nkwantanang Madina and Ga East Municipal Assemblies, was also to ensure that the facilities served the needs of the schools. It was also to ensure that the facilities were properly maintained to prolong its usefulness and put a total halt to open defecation.

The schools toured included the Madina SDA School, the Queen of Peace “A and B” Basic Schools in Madina, the WASS Junior High School (JHS) in Adenta and the Abokobi Presby One Basic School.

The team observed that all the schools had janitors, hired to keep the facilities in good shape, however some of the school administrators were not happy with their numbers.

They said the schools were constrained by the non-availability of funds to engage more janitors.

Mr Joseph Quacoe, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer of the La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly said it was unfortunate to see people still practicing open defecation after all the comprehensive education and enforcement of the law against the practice in the Municipality.

Mr Quacoe, who is also the GAMA Coordinator, said an assessment by GAMA in 2015 showed that about only 45 per cent of households in the Municipality had toilet facilities, however, the percentage had risen to 61 currently, which was a positive sign.

He said some perpetrators of open defecation, who were sentenced to some few months’ imprisonment, and were released, had resorted to the old practice, and therefore they had proposed a hard communal labour sentence for such offenders as punishment.

Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, the Patron of M-CODe said she was happy that steps had been taken to eliminate open defecation in many schools.

She, however, said the problem identified in most of the schools during the inspection was the poor maintenance culture.

Dr Dartey expressed concern about how the state of the facilities would be in the next few years, “if within a year of its construction, maintenance was that far from expectation”.

Ms Rhoda Dabinla, the Head teacher of the Queen of Peace R/C Basic School said the School had 12 toilet facilities, which were inadequate for the over 1,000 student population.

Mr Samuel Kolbila, the Headteacher of WASS Experimental JHS said the facility in his School was helpful and encouraged the students to be punctual in school especially those who do not have toilet facilities at home.

Mr Siaw Kwakye, the Headmaster of the “Abokobi Presby 1 Basic School” said the School was thankful for the facility which was serving the over 800 student population.

He said open defecation had been totally eliminated in the school, the only problem they had, was non-availability of funds to hire more janitors to clean up the facility.

He said one challenge was the non-compliance by some parents to pay GHC5.00 per child to enable the School to maintain the facility, after the decision had been agreed by the Parent Teacher Association.

Madam Beatrice Opoku, the Head teacher of the Madina SDA JHS said her School had a total population of 900 students and the 21-toilet facility constructed for them was meeting their needs.

The School, she said, had set up a committee of teachers and students to monitor and ensure that the facility was well maintained.

Source: GNA