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West and Central Africa

Rapport de la mission d’appui a l'ATPC au Benin

Depuis 2009, l’approche ATPC a été introduite au Benin à travers deux formations dont l’une animée en 2009 par EAA (ex CREPA) et l’autre en 2013 par des formateurs malgaches. A l’issue de ces formations, 600 villages ont été déclenchés dans le pays par les partenaires du gouvernement sans résultat probant.
Le Ministère de la Santé s’est ainsi doté en fin 2013 d’une Stratégie nationale d’Assainissement faisant de « l’ATPC » la principale approche pour l’amélioration de l’Assainissement en milieu rural.

Date: 19 June 2014

Most Rural Girls Skip School During Period

About 95 percent of girls in Ghana, particularly those in rural communities, miss school during their menstrual periods due to the lack of hygienic materials, inconsistent supply of water and soap, inadequate disposal and collection of sanitary products, John Baidoo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sustainable Development Focus Limited (SUDEF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has indicated.

Open defecation level drops in Ghana

According to the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), the rate of open defecation in Ghana has dropped by 5% in the last two years. Speaking on ‘Clean Communities’ on the Joy News channel on Multi TV, Emmanuel Addai stated that, “figures that came out in 2012 said open defecation rates in Ghana was 24%, but the estimated figure for 2014, from the source, the Joint Management Programme (JMP), is 19%.” The Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural development has attributed the result to the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme.

Gambia: 35 Communities in URR Declared Open Defecation Free Environment

Thursday 3rd April was a special day for communities in the Upper River Region, as it was the day when 35 of them declared open defecation-free (ODF) environment. The day, which was marked in the form of celebrations, according to officials, is a clear manifestation and commitment that the people of URR attached in achieving basic sanitation requirement.

CLTS Week…. Let’s deal with ‘Shit’ in Africa

I am in Lusaka Zambia participating in the Pan African Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) annual Network meeting. The first day was really exciting for me… first because I got to meet enthusiastic CLTS champions from East and West Africa and secondly, this year’s meeting is UNIQUE  because we have participation of the Zambian government staff, partners, and a traditional leader (Chief) from one of the communities where Plan Zambia is implementing CLTS!

Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability: Systematic Grey Literature Review

The project, Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability, evaluates through a rigorous research program three distinctive strategies to enhance the roles of local actors in CLTS interventions in Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia. The project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to learn, capture and share reliable and unbiased information on CLTS approaches and scalability.This grey literature review was prepared by The Water Institute at UNC for Plan International USA as part of the project.

Date: 26 February 2014

Concern Universal trains facilitators on CLTS in the Gambia

On Monday 24th February 2014, Concern Universal commenced a four-day intensive training of trainers on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) in The Gambia. The training aims to build the capacities facilitators about the genesis, principles and methodology for applying CLTS in their communities. Alfred Gomez, the coordinator of WASH unit at the Department of Health and Education, explained that CLTS is a multi-sectoral issue and that a team of extension workers is needed for effective CLTS implementation in their communities.


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