A National Strategy for Community Participation in Management of Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene [WASH] Services has been launched in Accra.

The WASH services came on with a call on Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to render solid support to its implementation.

The Strategy is an initiative of the Sector Ministry for Water Resource, Works and Housing [MWRWH] in collaboration with the Environment, Science and Technology Ministry. This is aimed at involving non-traditional actors to be engaged in WASH issues.

Doing the launching ceremony, the Minister for Water Resource, Works and Housing Hon. Emmanuel Teye Mensah, said the launching and adoption of the Strategy, brings extra synergy to provide the needs of Ghana’s deprived urban communities, adding that the NDC government has taken recognition of the effects of unsafe drinking water on the health of the people, hence it is devising strategies to offer the needed support to both the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and the Ghana Water Company Limited to ensure safe water in rural areas and efficiency in urban water supply.

On his part, the Deputy Minister, Hon. Nii Nortey Duah, disclosed that Government as a demonstration to its commitment has this year allocated to the CWSA its highest ever budget. ”We have also abolished the five percent community contribution to the capital cost to rural water supply as part of the commitment to improving access to safe drinking water to many of these communities”.

He described that access to potable water and improved sanitation in Ghana as key to Ghana’s socio-economic development and as a result the NDC Government will support any initiative that will increase access to potable water and improved sanitation in the country.

He noted that Ghana has achieved its target of access to safe drinking water, a lot more still needs to be done in the area of sanitation which requires concerted effort not just from Government but Development Partners including Community Based Organizations, NGO’s and other non-state actors to put strategies in place to increase access to WASH Services, indicating that?the Strategy if well implemented will assist in mobilizing investment [small, medium and large] for the development of small water systems, particularly urban poor and peri-urban areas.

The on-going Community Water and Sanitation Program involving the state, development partners and non-governmental organizations , he revealed has contributed immensely to improving safe water supply to households in Ghana

”Our Government would not be complacent and we will do all we can to provide adequate water and sanitation to all manner of people” he promised.

Also, the Country Director for CHF International, Mr. Alberto Wilde said his office has, since 2007, strives to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities in the Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis with various interventions including water and sanitation, stressing that, CHF?through its funding agencies Access the Sanitation and Hygiene situation for Urban Poor [WASH UP] program.

We have been able to carry out extensive planning with national government, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies [MMDA’s] and other key stakeholders, resulting in the launch of the National WASH BCC Strategy and the current one.

He averred that?USAID will extend the project which is supposed to end this year to continue helping the urban poor.



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