WaterAid Ghana, an international Non-profit organization has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited to implement a project dubbed Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Infrastructures for Healthcare Facilities (WASHI-H) under the CP’s WASH in Health programme to provide an integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facility for two of communities the latter operates.
The communities are Guru and Jirapa Districts in the Upper East Region.
As part of the agreement, the Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited will provide the funding for the construction of pyrolytic incineration, also called controlled air incineration or double-chamber incineration (incinerator) at the Guru District Hospital to help address its medical waste.
Again, there will be construction: of a solar powered water delivery system that will ensure a 24/7 clean and safe water services to every point of care within the hospital, rehabilitation of WASH facility at the maternity block, new toilet and disability friendly washrooms fitted with hand washing facilities for other patients who visit the health care facility.
Speaking in an interview with Todaygh.com after the signing ceremony, the Acting County Director of WaterAid Ghana, Mr Jesse Coffie Danku, who signed the MoU on behalf of his organization explained that the partnership also has an in built clause where WaterAid will use it’s rich experience in behavioral change management and advocacy to cause the needed changes among community members.
“We in WaterAid are very much concerned about sustainability and therefore ensure that the capacity of beneficiary communities are built to handle such projects when they are handed over to the community or institutions.
For these and many other reasons, we have include in the project formation and building capacity of community advocacy teams to lead and drive the behavioral change agenda as well as to demand their rights in terms of provision of WASH and other development projects” Mr Danku disclosed.
On her part, Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Mrs Sylvia Owusu Ankomah said her outfit chose WaterAid Ghana due to their rich track record in the provision of WASH Facilities and advocacy across the country.
According to Mrs Ankomah one of the fundamentals of her outfit’s sustainability initiative is to replenish water used for their various products in their operational areas.
She disclosed that the partnership with WaterAid forms part of the company’s ten year global vision dubbed ‘Sprite of Progress’ which water replenishment is one of the components.
The Corporate Relations Director of GGBL hinted that the construction of WASH facilities in some health care facilities in the areas where they source their raw materials is timely, considering the time in which we are, where handwashing with soap under running water has proven to be the effective way to fight the deadly Corona virus.
The implementation of WASH facility is in two phases: phase one is the construction of WASH Facilities in Guru district hospital whiles the phase two of the partnership will see to the implementation of WASH in Jirapa hospital.
WaterAid has been operating in Ghana since 1985 and since then have helped over 1 million people gain access to safe clean water and adequate sanitation, but there is still so much to do.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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