The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has supported Safe Water Network in launching two limited-mechanization water stations that serve two communities in Ghana’s Volta Region, providing safe-water access to approximately 5,000 people—this includes direct connection to children in two public schools.
In addition, UNICEF and Safe Water Network have engaged in a number of research projects to advance innovations related to the provision, treatment, and storage of water:
- A study on supply chains for limited-mechanization water systems in Ghana’s Volta and Central Regions. The study provided useful recommendations that will strengthen regulation and ensure the availability of quality spare parts, and promotes the use of mobile-technology solutions to enable increased access to such spare parts.
- A study that measured household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) promotion activities in Ghana, and evaluated opportunities for private-sector participation. The study found that, though there is currently low prioritization of HWTS among government players, there is demand for HWTS. However, there hasn’t been a commensurate supply to meet demand, because HWTS products do not have an attractive financial proposition in the short term.
UNICEF, a United Nations program, works in 190 countries to focus special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.