Making Kenya ODF

How sad I had to miss the Pan Africa Sharing and Learning Workshop (see other blogs to find out more about what went on there) and the ODF sustainability research methodology in Accra Ghana. Good to read all about it and to hear from Philip (my colleague) that it was great there. It is amazing that Africa and Kenya have become a beehive of CLTS activities all with the focus of getting rid of open defecation practice which takes lives of many children every year.

Communities in Yendi Municipality commended for ensuring open defecation free

During a five-day training CLTS workshop for 10 communities in the Yendi Municipality of Northern Region, the Northern Regional Environmental Health Officer Mr. Steve Adongo commended communities in the Yendi Municipality of Northern Region for embracing the efforts towards ODF. In Ghana’s northern region, 52 communities are ODF, out of these 12 are in Yendi Municipality.

Sustaining ODF- a case study from Nyando

Nyando district in Nyanza province is one of the districts selected as a pilot area for CLTS implementation in Kenya. Whilst the area previously suffered frequent deadly cholera outbreaks, CLTS has now brought positive changes for the health of the communities in Nyando. However, like elsewhere, sustainability of ODF can be put to the test by challenges such as heavy rains and flooding.

Date: 22 February 2012

Twenty thousand households still use pan latrines

During a workshop to kick-off the implementation of the Testing Modified Community Led Sanitation (CLTS) scalability project in Accra, Mr Kweku Quansah of the Environmental Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development said over 20 million people representing about 87 per cent of Ghanaians did not have improved household sanitation. A study said pan latrines could be found in Police quarters and public bungalows in metropolis posing health hazards to the population. Approximately 20,000 pan latrines are still being emptied in the open.

District-Level Sanitation M&E Pilot Review Workshop (Malawi)

On the 6th January 2012, EWB and the Ministry of Health, supported by IDS, held a district-level sanitation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) pilot review workshop. The objectives of this workshop included:

  • updates on the current status of the pilot program,
  • clarification on the proposed indicators,
  • review of responsibilities,
  • data collection, entry, and analysis activities,
  • harmonization of proposed district indicators with other sector indicators,
  • the creation of an action plan for going forward.
Date: 14 February 2012


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