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2014 Open defecation free target unlikely for Ghana's Volta Region

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Volta Region is unlikely to attain the March 2014 Open Defecation Free (ODF) status it set for itself despite some significant successes. Mr Francis Ganyaglo, deputy Volta Regional Minister set the target when he addressed the closing session of a training workshop on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in May this year. But Mr Kweku Tsekpetse, National Co-ordinator, (CLTS) did not think the target was attainable that soon.  Mr Tsekpetse made the assessment at a meeting with the Volta Regional Inter-Agency Co-ordination Committee on Sanitation (V-RICCS) in Ho to discuss the feedback from monitoring and support visits to communities in four districts, implementing the CLTS project in the Volta region. So far 174 out of 200 OD communities in the four districts have attained ODF status since 2012 when the programme began, Mr Francis Abotsi, Volta Regional Director of the Environmental Health Department said.

Read more in Business Ghana, 17th July 2013

Date: 18 July 2013