WASH for Health project, under Global Communities with the support from the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID), has held its close out meeting with stakeholders in the Sawla- Tuna -Kalba District of the Savannah Region.
The project started operation in Ghana with 6 regions and 37 districts to attain a defecation free society under the Wash for Health project sponsored by USAID.
Global communities is to end the project in September which therefore necessitated the stakeholder consultation to sustain the gains of the project.
Chronicling the achievements and challenges of the project Mr Josiah Nduah Jnr, the District WASH Officer said Sawla-Tuna-Kalba is the biggest beneficiary of the project nation wide.
He stated that 284 communities are open defecation free with over 5,167 household haven latrines and distribution of 116 digni loos to poor household.
He further stated that 45 community boreholes with hand pumps were constructed to provide clean water to these communities and two small town water systems for Tuna and Kalba.
Global communities as part of their activities provided 18 KVIP for 14 basic schools Including the construction of 10 mechanised boreholes for CHPS compounds in the District.
5 ,650 hand washing facilities to communities, 60 hand washing facilities for 15 basic schools and trained 120 Ghana Health Service, Ghana Eduvation Service, SW/CD, on sanitation and nutritional behavioural change were equally achieved under the project.
He said 480 basic school girls with their parents were trained on menstrual hygiene with one borehole constructed for the Sawla Senior High school.
Josiah however lamented that about 13 communities could not attain odf. They c include Tuna, Gindabour, Soma, Sawla Town, Kunfusi, kong, Nahari among others.
Addressing the participants, Hon DCE for Sawla, Mr Lawal Tamimu called on stakeholders to maintain the status quo and urged the Global Communities to still come around to support them in monitoring of the project but assured the NGO that the assembly will make sure their effort is not in vain.
Speaking to Yagbon Radio, the project coodnator Mr Dominic Dapaah, said the meeting was necessary as the project is coming to an end by the close of September and to sustain the projects in their absence and to also identify challenges for any other future projects in the District.
He however urged assembly and all other stakeholders to maintain the achievements of the project as it will benefit the district not any other person.