Water is a basic human necessity and the lack of access to it or competition for access can create community wide stress. Our project aims to alleviate water stress and prevent community conflict by building potable water access points that are accessible to all members of the Amanfrom community in terms of both location and affordability.
An analysis of the how the current water system impacts the community showed that women’s participation in economic activities as well as children’s school attendance was at times impacted because of the great amount of time commitment involved in collecting water from distant and unclean streams; time that could be spent pursuing an education or economic empowerment. Considering these factors, insufficient potable water is a community-wide stress.
The United Nations General Assembly has recognized that access to safe and clean drinking water is a human right, yet over nine million Ghanaians lack access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation, a problem causing 70% of observed diarrhea cases in the country according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
EWB-CU Ghana Program’s mission since 2004 has been to provide clean water and implement proper sanitation systems in rural Ghana.
"Building up a community not only requires a technical understanding of infrastructure, but also a societal consideration of the very people who live, work, and grow in that community. Working in Amanfro has helped my personal growth in melding the worlds of engineering and humanities in order to bring about teamwork and a greater appreciation for this developing area," - Desu Imudia (2019)
In this episode, WiGH interviews Dr. Unni Karunakara, a humanitarian worker and public health professional. He shares his experience in serving as the former international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and his roles as a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and Visiting Professor at Manipal University. Dr. Unni also speaks on his projects in global health and his hopes for future practitioners in humanitarian aid.
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