Ghana WASH Window Project

Partnership objectives

The Ghana Wash Window Project aims to improve urban water, sanitation and hygiene services in combination with football at 100 schools in the country.

This public private partnership is a life-style program linking water, sanitation and hygiene with football. This public private partnership is a life-style program linking water, sanitation and hygiene with football. Copyright Merck

What are the health needs and challenges?

In Ghana only 14% of the people have access to improved water and sanitation facilities. The country lacks infrastructure able to ensure efficient waste management, safe drinking water and urban water management.

Most of the schools in Ghana have poor maintenance of facilities which results in unacceptable hygienic conditions. Under these conditions, schools become unsafe places where diseases are easily transmitted in-between children and their families creating also a negative impact on the overall development.

In the country, different WASH projects aimed at improving wash facilities at schools have already been carried out, but these have underestimated the importance of social and sustainable outcomes. In order to secure sustainability, local ownership must be created within and around the schools.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In partnership with Vitens Evides International, the School Health Education Program, Professional Footballers Association of Ghana, ProNet and WorldCoach, Merck is cooperating to improve WASH facilities and WASH behavior at 100 schools in five municipalities in Ghana (Ga Central, Ga South, Ga West, Cape Coast and KEEA).

This public private partnership is a life-style program linking water, sanitation and hygiene with football. Sports and competition inspire, commit and educate male and female World-Coaches about the importance of good WASH behavior. In the project the coaches will be trained and schools will be enabled to manage football and wash facilities sustainably.

The activities include the implementation of WASH and football infrastructures, the creation of capacity development for knowledge institutionalisation and the launch and upscaling of school football.

This public private partnership's goals are:

  • 70,000 children directly reached and educated on better WASH practices
  • 100 schools with improved WASH facilities
  • 200 WorldCoaches trained at 100 schools
  • 30 improved soccer pitches/ open sport places
  • 100 schools with incorporation of good WASH practices and programmes, with local ownership
  • WASH soccer competition for the schools

Lessons learned                            

The partnership has understood that continuously monitoring and evaluations of financial, institutional, environmental, technical and social aspects are necessary. 

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Implemented a school WASH football competition (180 schools involved) to improve WASH behavior at schools, along with WASH facilities for 70.000 school children.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Merck

Partner(s) Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP), Professional Footballers Association of Ghana, ProNet North, School Health Education Programme (SHEP/GES), Vitens Evides International, WorldCoach (KNVB)

Type of Partner(s) Government, NGOs, Professional Associations

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Other

Disease(s) Children's Health, General Health

Program Type(s) Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Youth

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Ghana

Start Date 2014

More information Merck Responsibility

Anticipated completion date Ongoing