DESIGNING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Sanitation and cleanliness in public schools is a widespread problem across Ghana:
- Data from UNICEF’s, Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation suggests that although 86% of Ghanaians have access to safe drinking water, only 14% have access to sanitation.
- 49% of public schools had onsite water access in 2010 (Study based on the Ghanaian Ministry of Education School Report for 2011-2012)
- Based on KI’s prior work, we realized that rural public schools were not teaching students the fundamentals of sanitation and practicing hygiene eating routines.
We designed the Me kit to include the necessary materials to reinforce our curriculum on sanitation and public health. Every student is given sponges, eating tray, bowl, cleaning fluid, pen, and storage space in their personalized Me kit. We are open to collaborations with other agencies to be able to continue modelling better sanitary habits in schools.