Coca-Cola and The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) who are partners in the water and Development Alliance (WADA) along with their implementation partners WaterHealth Ghana and the Ghana WASH Project have commissioned three WaterHealth Centres (WHCs). 107 household toilets and three institutional latrines and three communities in the Northern part of Volta Region. The Communities are Dambai and Asukawkaw in the Krachi East District and Tapa Abotoase in the Biakoye district. The aim of the project is to help improve access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation in the three communities.
Access to safe, clean drinking water is provided through the WHCs. The WHCs treat locally available water through a combination of sedimentation, pre-filtration, and ultraviolent technology to produce clean water for the communities for a nominal fee. WaterHealth Ghana will sign a 10 year service contract with the communities to provide on-going operation, maintenance support and regular water quality monitoring.
In addition to the above, on school in each of the three communities has been provided with a KVIP latrine fitted with rain water harvesting system to provide clean water for hand washing to promote effective hygiene practices. To further enhance the Sanitation in the area, the partners are in final stages of building individual toilets for 107 households in the three communities.
Speaking at the official commissioning of the projects at Asukawkaw, Philippe Ayivor, the Public Affairs and Communications Director of Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa said that the Coca-Cola system and its partners are investing in building healthy, sustainable communities in Ghana by providing access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities, supplying healthcare equipment, supplies and medicines; and providing mosquito nets to assist in the prevention of malaria. Coca-Cola understands that for it to be successful over the long term, the communities in which it operates must be sustainable – sustainable economically, sustainable environmentally and with strong local support systems. He added that Coca-Cola is continuing to seek partnerships with like-minded organizations in Ghana in order to accelerate its efforts of supplementing the government’s efforts of providing access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to communities throughout the country.
Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Hon. Volta Regional Minister, the respective District Chief Executives, Chiefs and Elders from the various communities as well as some officials from The Coca-Cola System, USAID, Ghana WASH and WaterHealth Ghana.
In Ghana, over 80 percent of the population is estimated to lack access to improved sanitation facilities, a significant cause of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid. Ghana has made great strides in water access as the majority of population has clean water. However, in the peri-urban Communities, water and sanitation facilities have lacked adequate funding for operations and maintenance, thus inhibiting the realization of maximum health benefits. WADA is working to address these problems and to combat improper usage and poor maintenance of existing water and sanitation facilities.
WADA is a unique global partnership between The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and USAID that addresses community water needs in developing countries around the world. In conjunction with local USAID Missions and Coca-Cola system partners (Foundations and bottling facilities), WADA contributes to protecting and improving the sustainability of watersheds, increasing access to water supply and sanitation services for the world’s poor and enhancing the productive use of water. With a combined investment of $30.8 million since 2005, WADA is having a positive impact on the lives of people and the health of ecosystems in 28 countries worldwide, 18 of which are in Africa. In Ghana, the partners include Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana and USAID. By improving access to clean and safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and providing hygiene training, WADA will provide integrated solutions to Ghana’s water and sanitation challenges. Total funding for the WADA Ghana project is $1.5 million split equally between Coca-Cola and USAID.
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