Sanitation for a Cleaner and Healthier Future
Proper sanitation practices protect communities from diseases and maintain a clean and safe environment to promote the social, economic, and physical wellbeing of the population. In Ghana, liquid waste management has been largely neglected and remains an urgent issue with nationwide implications.
In 2017, there were 41 million cases of diarrhoea and 7,300 related deaths in Ghana, much of it owing to poor sanitation. It has been estimated that as much as 88% of diarrhoeal disease in Accra and 75% of child deaths from cholera and diarrhoea in the country can be traced to this factor. The economic burden is also considerable: in 2012, poor sanitation was estimated to have cost Ghana over $290 million, or 1.6% of GDP.
Read the full op-ed published in Ghana’s newspaper of record The Daily Graphic.