Wateraid Ghana begins operations in Wassa East District

WaterAid Ghana, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to bringing clean water,
decent toilets and good hygiene to those living in poverty around the world has held a
project start-up meeting with stakeholders aimed at improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
in health care facilities at Daboase in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. George York, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns said the
primary objective of Water Aid is to strengthen WASH and health systems by accelerating the
coverage of reliable access to safer water, affordable, inclusive and sustainable WASH services
within the District.
He revealed that the project will use twelve calendar months to establish the baseline,
fundamentals, and the use of existing structures as well as study and observe challenges on the
ground. This he said will help in defining the way forward of the programme.

Mr. York further stressed that WaterAid will require the support and expertise of stakeholders in
order to achieve the expected outcome.
For his part, Grant’s Manager for Water Aid Mr. David Aidoo said WASH in Health Care Facilities in
Ghana is currently being run in Wassa East District and Asutifi South District with donor support
from Conrad Hilton Foundation. He added that an amount of Two hundred and Thirty Four
Thousand United States Dollars (US $234,000) has been earmarked to execute the programme.
The Wassa East District Chief Executive, Hon. Emmanuel Boakye in his welcome address thanked
WaterAid for selecting the district for the project. “One key institution that must have an
unquenchable flow of water is our health care facilities”, he said. He explains that healthcare
delivery will cease once there is water shortage since every process of work requires the use of

According to him, although Ghana water treats and supply water to residents in the Sekondi
Takoradi Metropolis, water coverage within the district is less than 10 percent. He acknowledged
that the district has been blessed with other institutions that supply water to some parts of the district
but there are more communities yet to benefit especially health centres.
The stakeholders pledged their unflinching support for the project with assurance from Nananom to
release lands where the need arises.

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