Around 550,000 Ghanaians in low income metropolitan communities in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA) are required to receive improved water and disinfection services in the coming months.
This follows the endorsement of an extra financing of US$ 125 million by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors from the International Development Association (IDA) to help the Government of Ghana in the usage of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project.
Since provision of equitable admittance to safe and improved water supply and sanitation services is fundamental to improve individuals’ lives especially with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank is apparently, dedicated to give better admittance to water and sanitation to the most defenseless, in this way improving lives and lessening poverty.
The extra financing to the project will also help fortify the administration of ecological sanitation services in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project. It will give water, sanitation and hygiene to schools and medical care offices and also promote handwashing. Families profiting by latrines or potentially water connections will profit by handwashing facilities and significant handwashing training.
As per Yitbarek Tessema, Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank,:
“By promoting the use of safe sanitation and hygiene practices, the existing project has enabled vulnerable communities combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. While encouraging results have been achieved so far, more work is needed to address remaining challenges and ensure sustainable universal coverage by 2030”.
The peoject will also improve coordination between key organizations and reinforce the limit and execution of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies by decreasing Non-Revenue Water, improving wastewater management, tending to issues of contamination, environmental change and making an interpretation of advancement plans into centered activities.
Ghana is relied upon to repeat the effective approaches in Kumasi, and further extend services to targeted recipients.
The World Bank is also expected to provide 250,000 individuals with family latrines; 200,000 people with institutional sterilization offices; and 500,000 individuals with improved water services.