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WaterAid Ghana donates sanitation and hygiene materials to Bongo and Kassena-Nankana West Districts

February 5, 2024
WaterAid Ghana donates sanitation and hygiene materials to Bongo and Kassena-Nankana West Districts

The Directorates in Bongo and Kassena-Nankana West have received a significant donation of sanitation and hygiene materials, along with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to enhance their infection prevention efforts. Valued at approximately GH₵170,000.00, the items were presented by WaterAid Ghana, a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene () focused organization. This initiative falls under the five-year project named “Sexual Health and Reproductive Education (SHARE),” funded by Global Affairs .

The donated items include carbolic soap, hand drying materials, surgical gloves, medical masks, sanitary pads, laboratory coats, hand sanitisers, safety boxes, chlorine solutions, leak-proof bags, disposable long sleeves gowns, long brushes, waterproof aprons, tissue paper, mops, brooms, bleach, dustbins, among others.

The SHARE project, implemented by a consortium led by Right to Play, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), WaterAid Ghana, and FHI360, aims to create an enabling environment for adolescents to access sexual and reproductive health services. It is currently being rolled out in four districts in the Region, namely Kassena-Nankana and Municipalities, and Kassena-Nankana West and Bongo Districts.

Mr. Gilbert Asante, the Project Coordinator of WaterAid Ghana, emphasized the organization's commitment to ensuring that health facilities are conducive for young people to access health services, particularly related to their sexual lives. The focus includes preventing infections, building the capacity of health workers on global standards of infection prevention, waste management, and menstrual hygiene.

The donation of sanitation and hygiene materials is the second of its kind under the SHARE project, following a similar gesture to two municipalities last year. The items aim to make these materials accessible at health facilities, promoting infection prevention and control behaviour among health workers.

Under the SHARE project, eight youth-friendly corners will be established within operational health facilities in the four districts to facilitate adolescents' access to accurate sexual and reproductive health information, aiding them in making informed decisions. The project also plans to provide health facilities with incinerators, toilet facilities, and other amenities to enhance the comfort of young visitors.

Mrs. Estella Abazesi, the Bongo District Director of Ghana Health Service, expressed gratitude for the donation, emphasizing the positive impact it would have on improving the quality of health care delivery. Mr. Alhassan Lawal, the Kassena-Nankana West District Director of Ghana Health Service, highlighted the importance of creating youth-friendly environments to address challenges such as teenage pregnancy prevalent in the district.

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