Solomon's Sanitation and Hygiene Project in Techiman
Organized by: Solomon Osei Poku
Techiman contributes to the rapid socio-economic growth of Ghana. Its economic activities span from agriculture to trading, as the township has the largest local food market in the West African sub-region. With about 80% of the entire labour force employed in the agricultural sector, mainly farming, Techiman could be considered as a farming community. The productive fertile vegetation, coupled with active local market activities has made Techiman one of the top indigenous migrant destinations in Ghana. As a result, there is enormous amount of pressure on social services in the area. Among the most pressing needs is proper waste management. Currently, the township generates an average daily solid waste of 220 tones. Although the Assembly can assist in collection, there is limited amount of bins for the people to keep their waste in. This issue has contributed to waste spiral in several neighbourhoods. The sanitation level in the area is 12.7%, lower than the 15% national rate. Over the past 10 years, environmentally related epidemics such as malaria, cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever have all increased. Between 2007 and 2013, malaria recorded 86% of total OPD cases, with a total deaths of 390. Increased in child mortality due to malaria and cholera. Lead exposure of children under five, has a greater tendency to affect their early childhood development. However, Solomon, a resident has decided to seek assistance to increase garbage bins in neighbourhoods where they are needed most. With this support, waste spiral will be eradicated and people will not be exposed to toxic gases generated by such wastes.