UNICEF, WFP Tackle Deprived Communities’ Water, Hygiene Problem

Thornley ChristopherUNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) have initiated a project aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene in some deprived communities in the country.

The project, which is being funded by the Canadian government at a cost of 24 million Canadian dollars, is targeting schools and communities in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central and Eastern Regions.

The Canadian government is also supporting WFP assisted programmes in nutrition, school feeding, and assets creation projects to build the communities’ resilience to climate change.

According to a statement issued by UNICEF and WFP, a delegation from Canada undertook a field mission to the project sites in the Northern Region to assess the impact of their contributions on the lives of the vulnerable people there.

“In Gbandu community, the team visited a community led total sanitation and environmental project which respectively discourages open defecation and promotes sustainable environmental management”

“The team got an understanding of the challenges facing northern Ghana-vulnerabilities, inequities, food insecurity and regional disparities with linkages to environmental degradation, bush burning, drought, poor sanitation, hygiene and under nutrition,” the statement said.

It said the team held discussions with the Chief of Gbandu on how the community could respond to those challenges.

The statement said the team visited the Nyankpala health center in Tolon district where UNICEF and WFP worked together to address severe and moderate acute malnutrition in the outpatient clinic established with Canada’s support.

Currently, it said WFP and UNICEF were in the process of working to formalize a Memorandum of Understanding which will engender convergence and synergy in their approach to tackle the myriad of nutrition issues in the northern part of the country.

While at the health facility, it said the team received first-hand information on nutrition-sanitation linkages.

“Canada is investing 80 per cent of its country-specific support in 20 priority countries which were selected based on their needs, capacity to benefit from aid, and their alignment with Canadian foreign policy priorities. Ghana is one of these countries,” it said.

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