Northern Region in contention for first ODF Region in Ghana?

From a mere 205 ODF communities in June 2016, the Northern Region’s ODF numbers had galloped to 1,600 in June 2018. This rapid achievement puts the Region in a pole position to be the first to hit the finish line should the rate of achievement be maintained.

According to Dauda Shaibu Pumaaya, Regional CLTS Focal Person, every district in the region recorded a remarkable improvement in ODF achievement over the period. He said this during the 2018 CLTS STocktaking Forum held in Kumasi in July.

Shaibu partially attributed the region’s success story to the introduction of the inter-district ODF League Table in 2016. According to him, the bi-annual publication of the league table has introduced a positive competition among the district, each trying to outdo the other and in the process, the entire region has moved forward in the fight against open defecation.

Other success factors, according to Shaibu, include the introduction of various innovations in the CLTS scale-up programme. They include the Natural Leaders Network, Incremental Approach, Latrine Artisan Training and promotion of latrine business models, and Community Technical Volunteers among others.

All the 26 districts in the region are implementing the CLTS approach, with Tatale Sanguli currently leading the ODF table.

Story by Emmanuel Addai:

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