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31 July 2017

Asutifi North district to pilot WASH coverage initiative

The Asutifi North District Assembly (ANDA) in the Brong Ahafo Region has been selected by the IRC, an International Non-Government Organization (NGO) in the country to pilot a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project dubbed District Based Full WASH Coverage Start-Up Initiative.

The project, if successful, will be replicated in other Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across Ghana.

The pilot project seeks to leverage resources and expertise from stakeholders to support the design of a Master Plan and cost for achieving a universal coverage for WASH activities in the district in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6) of providing portable drinking Water and Sanitation services by 2030.

The project, an initiative of IRC, Safe Water Network and its partners with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and will be implemented in collaboration with the ANDA by the middle of this year.

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Speaking at the launch, Country Director of IRC, Vida Duti said the project was an indication of her outfit’s intention is to make ANDA, a model district to provide the results inform how communities and stakeholders can together work towards achieving sustainable water and sanitation services for all.

Mrs. Duti explained even though the district had shown some progress, there were still issues with water quality, sanitation and water resource management and therefore presented the opportunity to address comprehensively the target of SDG 6.

She pledged her outfit’s willingness to collaborate with all stakeholders and the assembly to incorporate the plan into the Medium Term Development Plan to empower the assembly to track progress towards the achievement of the SDGs.

The District Planning Officer, Ata-Era A. James, described the project as a dream come true and hoped it gives meaning to the district’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 by ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation related intervention.

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He added the assembly was ready to collaborate with stakeholders to ensure the project’s success, calling for deep engagement with the public to change their attitude towards the environment.

The launch brought together traditional leaders, organized groups, market women, departmental heads and stakeholders in WASH to brainstorm on the way forward in the district.

By: Mashoud Kombat/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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