The Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has hold its fifth annual National Basic Sanitation Stock Taking Forum (STF) series in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The theme for this year’s event was “Five years of Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy (RSMS) implementation in Ghana, learning for scaling up, now and beyond”.
It was organized under the following objectives:
- To create a platform for all stakeholders in the Sanitation sub-sector in Ghana including the political leadership, sector institutions, decentralized structures, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Development Partners (DPs) to discuss, review and assess progress on the RSMS and agree on a strategy for scaling up
- To share best practices and lessons learnt in the implementation of the Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy by various organizations
- To share best practices and lessons learnt in the implementation of the Urban Sanitation interventions by various organizations
- To learn from other basic sanitation interventions in sanitation marketing, sanitation financing, sanitation technology, monitoring and evaluation et al on- going in the sector
- To share and learn innovative basic sanitation implementation experiences
- Plan appropriate interventions to coordinate and support all basic sanitation activities.
The Forum further focused on the following key thematic areas; Increasing access to sanitation through Urban Sanitation Programming, Faecal Sludge management and Rural Sanitation Programming; Monitoring and Evaluation; Sanitation Marketing; Sanitation Financing; Sanitation Technology; Coordination in basic sanitation implementation and Special events (CLTS clinics).
The National Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) STF series particularly sought to create a platform for the Private sector, Academia / Research Institutions, Development Partners, Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies and Central Government actors to deliberate on CLTS.