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December 15, 2015 - WATER is closing 2015 via work at Asante Akim North District in Buruli Ulcer endemic communities.  At the Presbyterian Hospital in Agogo it is completing mechanization of a borehole which will provide water to the facility including the Malaria Control compound.  It has also completed 2 boreholes in the district in ABuntire and Samson in the Afram Plains area.  The borehole sites were selected at the request of the Buruli Ulcer program.  

In Tema, WATER completed rehabilitation work at the Manheam Senior Technical School.  This followed work in 2014 at the same location which included the construction of a KVIP latrine.  All projects were funded by Sahara Group of Companies.       


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October 1, 2015 - Buruli Ulcer (BU) is one of 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a flesh eating bacteria, which is prominent in West Africa. 9 of the top 10 countries in terms of cases are in Africa but the 10th is Australia. There were 2,250 cases reported in the world in 2014, of which 443 were in Ghana. It is arguably the most neglected of the NTDs. The reason for this is that it has very little outside funding because it is largely a regional problem, but more importantly because the mode of transmission is unknown. No one knows how you get it. Suspected vectors are an insect breeding in slow moving water or damp soil, or a person entering a moist area with an open sore where the bacteria is present. In late 2012 a drug study began in Ghana and Benin in hopes of finding an oral antibiotic which is effective in fighting the disease. The trial will continue through 2016.  The goal is to test Clarithromycin (which can be taken orally) to replace Streptomycin (which must be injected) and be administered for 56 consecutive days when a case is found to help stop the spread of the disease. These antibiotics are taken in conjunction with Rifampin (oral).  The advantages of having both oral antibiotics is obvious, especially in rural areas. Cases will be sought out and given a new antibiotic mixture provided the wound is 15 centimeters (about 4.5 inches) in diameter or less. Larger wounds are not eligible because measuring the wound size can be difficult and thus measuring the effectiveness of the drugs can also be difficult. 332 eligible cases are needed over a 4 year period. Based on previous reporting figures, we expect about 1/3 of the cases found will have wounds larger than 15 centimeters and therefore are not eligible for the study. Nearly all of these cases will require surgery or skin grafts, something they cannot afford. This campaign is about solving that problem by raising the money so these patients can be treated. Each surgery costs about $1,500. Because we expect to find 150 to 200 people who will require surgery over the 3 year study period, the needs are substantial. Therefore we also need your assistance to spread the word among your friends. The money will be sent to Africa via a US based not-for-profit (501C-3) organization named Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness or WATER. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. WATER has been engaged by the Ghana Health Service to help raise money for Buruli Ulcer and will also monitor the project via resources on the ground in Ghana. If you would like to know more about Buruli Ulcer you can go to the video link http://www.rockhopper.tv/programmes/653/#. This video aired earlier this year on the BBC. The 4 minute video will introduce you to the disease and to me, Jim Niquette. You can also contact me at JNiquette@aol.com. Thank you.


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WATER announced the addition of Dr. Andrew Seidu Korkor and Lamisi Mbillah to its Board of Directors.  Dr. Korkor, a medical doctor, is the National Program Manager for Guinea Worm eradication in Ghana and has been working with WATER in Ghana for the past several years.  He brings his considerable skillset with eradication and control of neglected tropical diseases to the WATER board.  Ghana plans to announce the break in transmission of guinea worm in July, 2011.  A feat accomplished under the leadership of Dr. Korkor.  His addition is consistent with WATER’s desire to couple the provision of water and sanitation with disease control.   Lamisi Mbillah became the first African woman to ever be named as Miss World Beauty With a Purpose, at the 2006 Miss World pageant in Poland.  She was Miss Ghana in 2005.  She won the award and was named a semifinalist in the pageant as a result of her work with the Ghana Health Service, Carter Center and UNICEF of the eradication of guinea worm and promotion of the distribution of iodized salt during her reign as Miss Ghana.  The award is given to the contestant who contributes the most to humanity and society during her reign. 

 


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June 19, 2015 - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Hanna Tettah today dedicated 10 water projects in Awutu Senya District which were funded by Ghana Guiness Breweries Ltd. and Diageo (Guiness partent company in London, UK).  The 6 boreholes equipped with handpumps and 4 mechanized schemes are distributed throughout the district.  The Hon. Miinister stated "It was our desire to see the amendment of the Customs Act to drive businesses to reinvest in the communities they source from locally. Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited has set pace for other businesses to follow by this gesture. The rippling effect of such investment is enormous and translates into government’s policy of encouraging local content across the value chain”, she said.

Also present at the ceremony were Rita Rockson from Ghana Guiness and Minta Aboagye and Jim Niquette from WATER.  Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary communities, Nai Kweku Orsadu, Chief of Bawdjiase, thanked GGBL for the gesture. “We the chiefs and people of the communities will ensure the proper use and maintenance of these projects and also requested that the other companies reach out to the other communities in the Awutu Senya district”, he said.

- See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2015/June-19th/guinness-ghana-commissions-10-water-projects-in-awutu-senya.php#sthash.L5Bw8o5J.dpuf  

 


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January 18, 2011 – Water In Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness (WATER) has today announced a relationship with Pure Home Water (PHW) to help expand PHW’s operations in Ghana.  WATER will provide management and accounting services to PHW in Ghana for a 12 month period in hopes of adding to PHW’s presence, as well as advance to development of its ceramic household water filter production in northern Ghana.  PHW is in the process of building a production facility in Tamale for low cost ceramic filters as a low cost solution for household water filtration.  This technology is especially relevant in communities without boreholes or other alternatives for obtaining potable water.  PHW is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in its efforts.  Under the agreement WATER will attempt to bring the facility to regular production levels as well as to help build a distribution channel.


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