While Ghana, as a country, has made tremendous achievement in the water supply sector, there are still huge gaps in sanitation & Hygiene behaviour change processes. Ghana has achieved 89% access to safe water, but the access to improved sanitation coverage is only 15% (JMP 2015). Many schools and health care facilities also lack access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities. Despite higher level access percentage at the national level, the 2016 assessment carried out by Open University indicated that the safe water service level in the operational areas where Millennium Child Support Group is working in Ghana is 51% indicating the gap & need for additional interventions. Likewise, the MCSG 2018 survey indicated that the proportion of households in Millennium Child Support Group operational area using improved sanitation facilities for defecation is 19.5% and only 21.9% of households have access to hand washing facility with soap & running water at a designated place.
Solution Millennium Child Support Group is working to ensure that all children, especially the most vulnerable and their families, have access to dignified sanitation, hygienic practices and safe water supply. MCSG addressing the issues through: Millennium Child Support Group is implementing an integrated Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program addressing the gaps. This is happening by driving a strategic business plan which identifies the interventions planned under Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (behaviour change) sectors in the communities & institutional sector. Our Project Results Over the years, a considerable number of people have received sustainable access to safe water service. Millennium Child Support Group approach to community engagement for sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene projects deliver long-term solutions. A 2014 study conducted by the University of North Carolina and Sanitation for Africa showed that over 30-50% of water points provided in the developing world fail between 2 and 5 years following implementation. Millennium Child Support Group water points, however, tend to last much longer. The study by showed that 71% of Millennium Child Support Group wells continue to function 15 years ahead.
Project impact An estimated 109 boreholes have been drilled & equipped with hand pumps. Estimated 1.2 million people have gained access to safe water More than 121 communities have been declared open defecation free