Proper handwashing with soap under running water is an easy and effective way to prevent diseases and save lives. As part of activities to mark Global Handwashing Day 2022, HFFG in collaboration with the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), held a hand hygiene sensitisation activity at the Madina Market in Accra. The activity took place on 20th October 2022 with funding from the Roddenberry Foundation.
The purpose of this activity was to promote the benefits of hand hygiene and the need for market women and head potters (Kayayes) to adopt the habit of regular and proper hand washing with soap under running water. There were demonstrations of proper handwashing techniques.
The theme for this year’s Global Hand Washing Day was: “Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene”.
The event was attended by the Municipal Health Director for La-Nkwantanang-Madina Health Directorate, Dr Priscilla Anima Poku, who advised the traders and Kayayes to always remember to wash their hands often to prevent contaminations and the spread of diseases. Dr Anima Poku urged the public to continue observing all the COVID-19 protocols, especially hand washing with soap under running water.
A Programmes Officer at CONIWAS, Emily Hammond, thanked HFFG for its continuous support for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions in Ghana.
HFFG is committed to the promotion of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services at the community level. From 2016-2020, HFFG as a local implementing partner of Simavi implemented the WaterShed initiative, which strengthened the capacity of selected communities in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly to make clear demands for improved and integrated sustainable Water Resources Management (WRM) and WASH services.
Through the work of HFFG and partners, the Tarkwa Municipal Assembly identified and repaired 63 broken WASH facilities in addition to the construction of new Water points. Again, the Tarkwa Assembly trained and revamped community Water and Sanitation Management Teams (WSMTs) in 40 communities.