The Global Handwashing Day in Ghana was official commemorated in seven out of ten regions in the country. Ceremonies were organised by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency in the Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West, Eastern, Volta, Western and the Greater Accra Regions.
Over ten thousand participants comprising schools, community health nurses, environmental health staff, traditional leaders, market women, NGO’s, religious leaders and the media participated in various events organised across Ghana. Radio and TV programmes were organised prior to the celebrations of the day country wide.
All schools across Ghana received a circular signed by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service directing them to observe the day as well.
At the national level, the celebrations was organised at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park to commemorate the day. The theme for the day was “FIVE YEARS OF GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY CELEBRATION: GOING BEYOND THE 5th BIRTHDAY OF CHILDREN”.
The Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs Matilda Amissah Arthur was the special guest of honour. Also in attendance was the Minister for Water Resource Works and Housing, Honourable ET Mensah and the Honourable Minster Sherry Ayitey, Minister for Science Technology.
She was joined by some school children to cut a 5th birthday cake in commemoration of the 5th anniversary.
The celebrations were a public private partnership for Handwashing with Soap Programme (PPPHW), a joint effort of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), CONIWAS,the World Bank, UNICEF, WaterAid, Plan Ghana, Unilever, World Vision, and other public, development and private partners. The vision of the PPPHW is to make handwashing with soap at critical times the accepted and practiced norm among all in Ghana.
For further information, please contact:
Community Water and Sanitation Agency
Theodora Adomako–Adjei, Tel 0302-518401, 0244819042,