What invention has saved the most lives? If you said a toilet, you are right! Today is world toilet day. Open defecation is a major huddle in most part of the world particularly in Africa and Asia.
Some 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation services and they often face many forms of discrimination.
In Ghana, 22% of the population practice open defecation, according to the Ghana Statistical Service’s multi indicator clusters (MICS 2018). This implies that about 6.6 million defecate in the open and many more Ghanaians also used shared toilets under insanitary conditions.
Sustainable development goal 6 has a target to eliminate open defecation and ensure everyone including women and children have access to sustainable sanitation services by 2030.
Today, as World Toilet Day is being marked; Diamond News shine light on Lakaldo, a predominant Kokomba farming community in the Mion District of the Northern Region which is one of the communities out of over 4000 in the region that has achieved open defecation free status.
19 year old Ebenezer Mbo, is the brain behind such success of embracing Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), of course which the community embraced through the backing of their traditional leaders and personnel from the Environmental Health office and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The home toilets made from cheaper local materials are equipped with hand washing facilities. According to Ebenezer it has been rewarding to the homes to have toilets of their own since flies do not hover over their foods as they sit in the open to eat or contract diarrhoea diseases..
In the Northern Region where seven out of every 10 persons counted, defecate in the open, change influencers such as Ebenezer Mbo andMma Rahinatu, a farmer in her mid fifties, resident at Koblimagu in Tamale rural, are helping to rewrite the narrative in positive way, where no one is left behind in line with the theme chosen for this year’s world toilet day celebration.
For Mma Rahinatu, access to a toilet at home has saved her family life from not only diseases and reptiles attack while they defecated in the open, but now her dignity as a woman has been restored.
Source: Nelson | www.diamondfmonline.com | Ghana