ANAM MONTHLY RADIO PROGRAMME ON ANAPUA FM COMMEMORATES 2021 WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGEINE DAY.
The ANAM monthly radio programme focused on celebrating World Mensural Hygiene Day held on June 28, 2021, on the theme “We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene now.”
One of the discussants at the programme, Festus Boadi of World Vision Ghana, bemoaned that some schools are unable to tidy the surroundings around toilet facilities coupled with improper disposal of waste papers and bushy surroundings around WASH facilities.
Mr. Festus Boadi disclosed that forthe past two years, partners of the ANAM Initiative have built five toilet facilities and plan to construct additional four by the end of 2021. He therefore appealed to school heads to put prudent measures in place for the sustainability of the facilities to ensure that girls are incentivized to stay in school.
Other activities held to mark the day, included the distribution of free sanitary pad to girls of Wamahinso Basic School by the Assembly member for Wamahinso Electoral Area, Hon. Nnuro Ameyaw Duoduakwa, together with the District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service as part of efforts to promote good menstrual hygiene among girls.
MIDTERM REVIEW OF ANAM WASH MASTERPLAN: DISTRICT LEVEL ENGAGEMENTS
Following the implementation of thefirst phase (2018-2021) of the ANAM WASH Masterplan led by the Asutifi NorthDistrict and supported by partners with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, an independent consultant was engaged by IRC Ghana, to conduct themid-term review to assess the progress of implementation of the Asutifi NorthWater, Sanitation and Hygiene Master Plan. The objectives of the review wereto:
· Assess if the approach(es) and activities wererelevant in terms of achieving the expected results.
· Learn what has been going well and less welland why, and how we can build upon these experiences to improve for theremaining period.
· Assess the quality of the ANAM partnership anddesire for working in 2021 and beyond (in time, space, and scope)
· Identify changes in internal and externalconditions (social, political, technology, economic and environmental) that mayaffect the successful achievement of the targets of the WASH Master Plan
The consultant has held face to faceand virtual meetings with partners and other key collaborators. In addition, theconsultant visited the district from 27th — 28th of May 2021 to holdface-to-face meetings with the District Assembly including the District ChiefExecutive, the District Coordinating Director, and the District Planning Officer.The team also visited selected beneficiary communities of the ANAM Initiativeto interact with community leaders and members.
SUBMISSION FOR SMALL GRANT OPPORTUNITYFOR CSO’S ASUITIFI NORTH CLOSED
IRC Ghana in collaboration with the Asutifi North District Assembly launchedthe Small Grant Call for CSOs on April, 2021, in Kenyasi. In response to thecall for proposals ten (12) entries were received at the close of thesubmission deadline on May 15, 2021.
Five thematic areas were open under the call for submissions including:
· Sustaining behaviour changein hand hygiene beyond Covid 19
· Improving gender equity andsocial inclusion in WASH
· Improved WASH services andsustainable Water Resources Management (WRM)
· Reduce inequalities inallocation of resources for WASH services.
· Improving access to WASHservices for vulnerable and excluded populations including people withdisabilities.
An evaluation panel has been constituted and will independently evaluatethe submissions received and the winners willbe announced in July 2021.