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Catholic Relief Services launches projects

Walewale (N/R), March 20, GNA- The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on Wednesday launched two projects to improve sanitation, nutrition and health delivery in the Northern and Upper East Regions.

The projects are the Integrated Sanitation Hygiene and Nutrition for Education (ISHINE) and Rural Emergency Health Services and Transport (REST) and would be implemented in six districts.

These are the Talensi, Nabdam, Kassena-Nankana West districts in the Upper East Region and Mamprugu Moaduri, and West Mamprusi and East Mamprusi in the Northern Region.

Chiefs from the project areas who were present at the durbar to launch the programme in Walewale could not hide their joy and so danced amidst pomp and pageantry to show their appreciation for the project and their willingness to sustain it.

The launch of the two projects was on the theme: Improving Community Health Education and Wellbeing through an integrated approach.

Ms Washinton-Sows, Country Representative of CRS who launched the project, said ISHINE project targeted 450,000 beneficiaries and out of the number 200,000 school children and their communities would be supported with water and sanitation interventions.

The project will also support capacity building of school teachers in the beneficiary schools to enhance community led total sanitation in the six districts beneficiary districts.

She added that CRS would collaborate with the Ghana Education Service (GES) for the formation of health clubs in schools to enhance education on sanitation and hygiene and facilitate and scale up savings among beneficiary communities.

Ms Washington-Sows said the REST Project aimed to increase maternal and child health practices and improvs capacities of health professionals and the provision of health facilities and equipment to cover 50 health centres and would target 850,000 beneficiaries and reach out to mostly women.

Dr Avea Nsoh, the Upper East Regional Minister, thanked CRS for the intervention and for selecting the six districts and said the selection of the districts indicated that they needed the support.

He urged all District Chiefs Executives under whose jurisdiction the projects would be implemented to take interest in the interventions to help the poor.

Mr Paul Apanga, Nortern Regional Director of Education, said the projects could not have come at a better time because sanitation, education and health interventions were capital intensive.

Mr Apanga said the projects would not only bring improvements in the lives of the people but would champion school based nutrition and help to encourage behaviour change in children, using school kids as agents of change.

He said the projects would not only improve water and sanitation but would help retain and improve school attendance of girls and promote cognitive development.


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Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/catholic-relief-services-launches-projects-72360)
Published: 2014-03-20 15:39:24
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