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The facility were carried out in Eastern and Greater Accra Regions including Akuapem North Municipal Assembly, Shai Osudoku District , Ablekuma North sub-Metropolis and Ga South Municipal Assembly.

The AACES programme is being implemented across 11 African countries and supports interventions to improve the lives of the most marginalised groups with particular attention to women, children and people living with disabilities.

Mr Andrew Barnes, the Australian High Commissioner, said this in Accra at the end of the five- year AACES programme and the launch of Learning Legacies report of AACES in Ghana and Malawi .

The report provides lessons that are significant for actors in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and also reiterates the role of culture in development and provides critical reflection on how this could be done with people and communities.

Mr Barnes said these interventions were critical to improve the welfare poor communities across the country for sustainable development.

He said since 2011, WaterAid has been implementing the project to increase the provision of water, access to sanitation and deliver hygiene education to affected communities.

He said his outfit would continue to support initiatives to improve the country’s sanitation challenges.

Dr Afia Zakaria, Country Director of WaterAid Ghana said AACES project works with local partners including Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Organisational Development, the Akuapem Community Development Programme and Professional Network.

Dr Zakaria said WaterAid Ghana implemented its AACES programme by working through its primary strength based approach, Endogenous Development, which works with traditional authorities and institutions in the communities.

She said the approach was the most effective hygiene behaviour change communication that resonate with proverbs and taboos from the communities’ own socio-cultural reality.

She said the interventions are in agriculture, maternal and child health and water, sanitation and hygiene.

Beneficiaries of the project expressed satisfaction and thanked the Australian government and WaterAid for the support in improving sanitation in their communities.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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