From February 19 – March 1, 2019, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) and IRC undertook progress monitoring visits to the 17 Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) participating in the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) to assess progress of work and urge them to finalise and submit the final reports on or before the deadline of March 27, 2019.
The monitoring team found out that MMDAs are carrying out interventions along the sanitation value chain. These include, 1) Construction of institutional toilets in government schools and health centres and public toilets; 2) promoting the construction of WC, VIP and pour flush household toilets for poor households in low income communities through cost sharing, and partial or full subsidy; 3) Hygiene promotion/education and reduction of open defaecation through CLTS; 4) Enhancement of regulations and compliance enforcement of gazetted (or revised) bye laws; and 5) Acquisition of land for construction of liquid waste treatment and reuse plants, among others.
The progress monitoring was conducted by Sampson Akwettey –Deputy Director, Esi Boni, Johnathan Manu and Charlotte Adjei of the MSWR; and Kwame Asubonteng and Abu Wumbei of IRC. Two teams were formed to cover the Northern and Southern Sectors.
The Northern Sector team started from Kassena Nankana in the Upper East Region through to Nanumba North and Savelugu Municipal in the Northern Region and proceeded to Pru in the Brong Ahafo Region and ended in the Ashanti Region.
The Southern Sector team started from Kwahu East and Atiwa in the Eastern Region and proceeded to the Volta Region, Greater Accra Region, Western Region and Central Region.
The check lists for the assignment was drawn using the final judging criteria which contains all the key pillars to track achievements of the MMDAs.