Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SMARTerWASH project enhances rural water provision

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
Eumerators taking data on a dis-functional water system.
Rural water provision in Ghana has received a major boost through the introduction of the use of the smartphone to collect data on the performance of all water facilities provided for communities, irrespective of who provided them.

7th WACDEP Technical Coordination Meeting opens in Accra

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr Agyemang-Mensah (r) in a chat with Executive Secretary of GWP, Mr Rudolf Cleveringa. PICTURE BY EDMUND SMITH-ASANTE
The seventh technical coordination meeting of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) opened yesterday with a call on participants to share ideas, experiences and suggestions that would lead to the reduction of the impacts of climate change on the West African sub-region.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Provision of boreholes enhances academic performance at Sirigu High School

By Edmund Smith-Asante, SIRIGU
A classroom block at the Sirigu Senior High School

The drilling of three boreholes in the Sirigu Senior High School in the Upper East Region has brought a lot of changes in the lives of the students, staff and the academic performance of the school, Mr Thomas Awiah, the headmaster, has stated.

Deliver on new global water, sanitation goals — WaterAid urges UN members

By Edmund Smith-Asante
International development organisation, WaterAid, has urged member countries of the United Nations (UN), to ensure that they deliver on the new global goals, the sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially goal six and leave no one behind.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

CLTS neglecting engineering expertise

By Edmund Smith-Asante, SAVELUGU
Mr Bansaga Saga taking journalists through the different latrine models.
Engineering expertise has been overlooked in the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach adopted by the government to improve rural sanitation coverage, the Project Manager of World Vision’s Ghana Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (GI-WASH) programme, Mr Bansaga Saga, has stated.

Ghana, Togo to build dam on River Oti

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
River Oti
Consultations have begun between Ghana and Togo for the construction of a dam on River Oti for the benefit of both countries.

Zoomlion supports Armed Forces children in clean up

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
Zoomlion workers and the children desilting a gutter.
A waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has assisted the Armed Forces Children’s Association [AFCA] Ghana in cleaning the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra and its surroundings.

Achieving African Water Vision 2026: Five bodies sign agreement with African Union

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
Ms Bethlehem Mengistu, WaterAid [left] and Ms Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU signed for their organisations.

Five international development agencies have signed an agreement with the African Union (AU) that would enable them play a greater role in working towards the ambitious targets set by African Water Vision 2026.

Building an all-encompassing sanitation empire

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
The Zoompak waste transfer station
Until Zoomlion came on the scene in 2006, waste management services and those who engaged in it were regarded with  scorn as if they were engaged in contagious activity.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Vital Signs monitoring takes root in Ghana -To bridge gap between agriculture and the environment

By Edmund Smith-Asante
Vital Signs was launched in Africa in 2012

A method to monitor agriculture, nature and human well-being to ensure food security, known as the Vital Signs Monitoring System, has been introduced in the country.

Environmental cleanliness taken to corporate clients

By Edmund Smith-Asante
ZDL staff at work around the Hajj Village

To inculcate in corporate Ghana the need to always keep their surroundings clean, Zoomlion Domestic Ltd (ZDL), a subsidiary company of the Zoomlion Group of Companies, last Saturday began a clean-up of the environs of their big corporate clients numbering about 700.

Service personnel begin new sanitation module

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
Some National Service personnel at the launch
Two thousand National Service persons have been assigned to metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies across the country in a newly introduced Urban Sanitation Module.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The power of handwashing in keeping sanitation-related diseases at bay

By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA

It comes naturally and it is almost involuntary for a person to wash his or her hands before touching food or after soiling or dirtying the hands.

GJA 2010 Award Winners

GJA 2010 Award Winners
Dzifa, Emelia and Gertrude

GJA 2011 Award Winners

GJA 2011 Award Winners
GWJN's 2011 GJA Award-Winning Team

New WASH-JN Executives

New WASH-JN Executives
They are from left - Edmund, Ghana, Aminata: Guinea, Alain: Benin, Paule: Senegal and Ousman: Niger

Celebrating Award

Celebrating Award
The benefits of Award Winning!

Hard Work Pays!

Hard Work Pays!
In a pose with my plaque