PAAJAF Foundation has been working towards socio-economic development in Gbawe area, by providing education to children between 4 and 12 years old. Apart from formal education, one of the critical areas that needs our attention is public health. This necessity comes from the desire to instruct the children on correct hygiene and health habits, that will turn them into informed citizens, improving their health and of that of others in their community.
According to United Nations (UN) Millenium Development Goals (MDG) 2015 report, 78% of the population in Ghana has access to safe drinking water. Nevertheless, the water infrastructure is still insufficient as there is very limited sanitation, which translates into intermittent supply and low-quality water, increasing the chance of inappropriate hygiene behavior and fueling the spread of infectious diseases, causing children and their families to be more prone to developing health issues.
In order to tackle and mitigate the lack of education and consciousness around this problem, PAAJAF Foundation will design and implement public health education to for children at its school. Students will be given the chance to learn about hygiene and how to protect themselves and their families from infections, by encouraging the development of healthy behaviors for life. Paajaf wants to ensure the pursue of SDG Water and Sanitation for All, by reaching the most vulnerable children in Ghana.
By exposing children to water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH), PAAJAF Foundation will be providing a basis for healthier children, that can perform better at school and hopefully influence good hygiene practices in their homes, among family members and the local community, leading to an overall improvement in public health.