Project launched to boost children’s health and education

28 February 2023

Plan International Ghana has launched a new water and sanitation project that will boost over 10,000 children’s health and education over 3 years.

The Integrated Package for Sustainable Development (IPADEV) project is being implemented by Plan International Ghana, with funding support from Plan International Germany.

More than 18,500 residents, including over 10,000 school children from 10 communities in the Oti region of Ghana will benefit directly from the project over the next 3 years.

At an event to launch the project, Project Manager William Domapielle explained how it will help create a resilient and protective environment at home and school to boost the health and education of children, especially girls. This will be achieved through equal access to water and sanitation facilities, early childhood care and development, education and health facilities and services.

Improved facilities support learning

Domapielle also announced that key activities to be carried out as part of the project include the construction of water facilities, including hand pumps, mechanised systems and the extension of pipes, in addition to the construction of girl-friendly, modern toilets.

Additionally, an SMS platform will be developed in the 10 communities to monitor the functionality of the water facilities and support vulnerable families to construct or improve their own toilets.

Domapielle went on to say, “There is also a component for conducting menstrual hygiene education in schools and communities, as well as the provision of reusable sanitary pads for schoolgirls.”

Project goals

By the end of the project communities will have:

  • Safe drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene facilities
  • Improved school hygiene facilities to boost girls’ learning
  • Basic health facilities and services at schools and in communities
  • Gender-responsive early childhood care and development resources for parents and caregivers.

The project will also provide support to:

  • The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations in Water and Sanitation for national research and advocacy
  • The Ghana WASH Journalist Network to deliver messages about positive hygiene to communities
  • The private sector for the promotion of quality household toilets and organisation of hygiene promotion campaigns
  • The Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate to monitor project outputs and collaborate on the implementation of the project and other national level events.

Among the stakeholders present at the launch of the project were the Member of Parliament for Buem Constituency, Mr. Kofi Adams, Jasikan Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Oheneba Apau Danquah, chiefs, queen mothers, assembly members, development sector stakeholders and staff of the assembly.

Early childhood development, Education, Menstruation, Water and sanitation