STAKEHOLDERS in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Ghana have identified lack of financial support as a key challenge confronting the effective implementation of WASH issues in the county.
Consequently, they pointed out that the lack of political and financial commitment has hindered Ghana from achieving target seven of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
They explained that although there were numerous policies, strategies and programmes amongst certain key institutions in the country, the challenge still remained the implementation of these policies by government and its relevant stakeholders.
According them, challenges like delayed budget allocations and lack of funding streams, posed enormous health implications because the economic growth of a country was tied to the health of its human resources.
Approximately 19,000 Ghanaians, including 5,100 children under 5 years, die each year from diarrhoea due to the lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities in the country, according to the stakeholders.
This was revealed at a one-day learning and sharing workshop on WASH organised by WATERAID Ghana and Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources in collaboration with Resource Centre Network (RCN) last week Thursday in Accra.
The workshop was on the theme: “Opportunities for Knowledge Sharing Partnership Development via the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.”
Participants called for an effective national policy outlook on the need to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene were integrated into political party policies and programmes.
According to them, issues of sanitation should go beyond making campaign promises by political actors and rather focus on plan and policy delivery timelines.
Addressing the gathering, acting Country Director of WaterAid Ghana, Ms. Antoinette Shor-Anyawoe, noted that her outfit with funding from the Gates Foundation Phase Three is to develop Sustainable Sanitation Alliance within the WASH sector.
According to her, WaterAid Ghana’s focus is to make these alliances relevant and accessible t global south practitioners and sub-groups such as government ministries and agencies, the private sector together with national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
She said that the aim of the sharing was to forge the development of knowledge sharing, partnerships between members and partners and sanitation actors in Ghana.
Story: Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu