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For Cleaner and Healthier Rural Communities

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Clean and healthy communities require proper sanitation, but one in every three people in the world still lacks access to a dignified sanitation service. Ghana has also struggled to improve sanitation coverage, and the situation remains challenging, especially in rural communities where private latrines are scarce.

Throughout the entire UN Millennium Development Goals period, between 2000 and 2015, the percentage of rural households practicing open defecation dropped by only one percentage point, to 31%. As of 2017, about 4 million people in rural Ghana still practiced open defecation, and many others rely on facilities shared between more than one household."

Read the full op-ed published in Ghana’s newspaper of record The Daily Graphic.