Water access to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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Handwashing is one of the most effective measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19, provided the poor and vulnerable have access to clean water. For three months Saha Global enabled everyone in 247 communities of Northern Ghana to access free water through women-led Saha water businesses.

Duration
2020
Focus area
Emergency Response Access to Basic Services
country
Ghana
partner
Saha Global

Context

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis of global scale that is putting some of the world’s most advanced and well-resourced healthcare systems under enormous strain. To countries with already fragile health systems, the pandemic poses an additional concern, disproportionately affecting the poor and vulnerable.

When the crisis hit, Cartier Philanthropy provided immediate assistance to its own communities and simultaneously reached out to its partner organisations, granting them the necessary flexibility in terms of use of funds and reporting.
We granted additional support to those whose coordinated responses leveraged existing platforms, infrastructures and relationships.

 

Emergency response

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to water is more crucial than ever, as people are required to wash their hands regularly and ensure proper sanitation and good personal hygiene.

Saha Global trains women in northern Ghana to start and sustain small water treatment businesses so that their communities can benefit from safe, affordable drinking water while the women earn a supplemental income.

Saha set up a Coronavirus Emergency Water Fund in June, following the national government’s announcement that it would pay all Ghanaians’ water bills for three months and provide water tanker services to vulnerable communities. Since there are no water services in Northern Ghana, Saha’s initiative is enabling everyone in 247 communities to access free water through Saha water businesses for the whole of June, July and August 2020. 

This temporary financial support will help ensure the water businesses’ survival and positively impact the communities served, while Saha strengthens its relationship with the government.