It is necessary part for public health and environmental safety to ensure safe water, sanitation and care for personal health. The situation of public health sector is still in alarming conditions due to the unequal distribution of wealth, improper guidelines and absence of planning. The conditions of health sanitation are still far backward from the satisfactory level from the perspective of healthful latrine coverage in WIDO intervention areas. WIDO’s WASH programs is working on long-term prevention and control measures for improving health, reducing poverty, and improving socio-economic development as well as responding to community emergencies and outbreaks of life-threatening illnesses. WIDO has led an advocacy action that has ensured the set up of alternative arsenic free safe water technologies in 50 communities in the Upper West region. WIDO has also helped to create awareness regarding personal health care that has benefitted 98 communities in the Upper West Region.
Prevention of HIV/AIDS among young People in Ghana
One third of the total population of WIDO operational zones is young and has little idea regarding the infection of HIV and AIDS despite the effort made by Ghana Health Service to sensitize the communities. From 2006 - 2014, with a small grant from Multi-Sectoral HIV/AIDS support (MSHAP) of Ghana AIDS Commission, WIDO provided care and support to people living with AIDS and also educated communities on legal and ethical issues and AIDS- Whilst counseling and encouraging people to go for CT . Prevention of malaria and TB is paramount in the project’s goal.
WIDO is implementing a maternal health advocacy project dubbed “Save our Mothers Platform (SOMP II)” in the Kaleo - Nadowli Districts of the Upper West Region. WIDO has conducted research to understand factors that determine women’s choices of place of delivery (Home Vrs Health Facility delivery). The purpose is to provide recommendations for improving maternal health services especially at facility level towards a reduction in maternal and neonatal deaths in the region. The program also contribute to increasing knowledge and active participation of community health committees, traditional leaders and adolescent girls in promoting maternal and neonatal health in 10 communities in the upper west region. WIDO in partnership with the equality effect has conducted education on sexual harassment/marital rape in 8 communities in the Nadowli district in the Upper West region of Ghana. WIDO worked with 16 pressure groups located within 8 communities with a total of 520 beneficiaries that are championing the protection of the girl child.