Workvivo by Zoom is named preferred migration partner for Workplace from Meta

Meta is discontinuing Workplace and will partner with Workvivo to assist with customer transitions.

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Workvivo by Zoom was named Meta’s only preferred migration partner for its customers as it retires Workplace from Meta.

Meta is discontinuing Workplace from Meta – its employee engagement platform. To assist with customer transitions, Meta will partner with Workvivo as its only preferred migration partner.

Workplace from Meta and Workvivo plan to provide migration tools for customers migrating to Workvivo and Workvivo will also offer additional implementation services at no further cost to support customers’ transition.

Workplace from Meta customers can find more information about migrating to Workvivo here.

John Goulding, CEO and founder of Workvivo, said: “We know that the news today may be disruptive for Workplace from Meta customers, but we’re so excited about the opportunity to support and help them. Meta has made a huge impact in this market, and we believe that Workvivo is the natural choice for Workplace from Meta customers to transition their employee experience platform.

“It’s our top priority to support customers through this transition, and our team is working to make this process as frictionless as possible. We put our customers first, and this will be no different for the Workplace from Meta customers. We are excited to welcome Workplace from Meta customers into our incredible customer community and see the amazing things they can do with Workvivo.”

Eric S. Yuan, CEO and founder of Zoom said: “Since Workvivo joined the Zoom family, we’ve seen how powerful this platform is at engaging workforces and bringing culture to life – especially for frontline employees who may not have a desk or even an email address. Workvivo has seen momentous growth as organizations around the world are increasingly prioritizing the employee experience. We are excited to support Workplace from Meta’s customers and help them reach their goals of reaching and engaging employees – whether they’re desk or frontline workers.”

Workvivo by Zoom is the employee experience platform that simplifies communication and increases engagement by empowering employees to be heard and helping everyone feel included, no matter where they work.

Acquired by Zoom in 2023, Workvivo extends the Zoom Workplace platform to offer its customers new ways to keep employees informed, engaged, and connected. Workvivo is working with some of the world’s best-known brands to help them boost employee engagement and bring their culture to life digitally, including Dollar General, the Virgin Group, Bupa, Ryanair, Lululemon and Amazon.

About Workvivo by Zoom

Workvivo is an employee experience platform that simplifies communication and increases engagement by empowering employees to be heard and helping everyone feel included, no matter where they work. The platform unifies employee communications, engagement, intranet, and measurement features into one modern employee app that captures the heartbeat of the organization and brings its culture to life.

Founded in 2017, Workvivo has seen momentous growth, which led to its acquisition by Zoom in 2023. Workvivo powers the employee experience at companies all over the world across all industries, including Amazon, Motherson, White Castle, Bupa and Ryanair. Workvivo regularly tops software review sites, including Gartner Digital, with a #1 spot on G2 for internal communications, intranet and engagement tool categories. For more information, visit www.workvivo.com.

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En pleine transformation stratégique, le King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre accueille un nouveau directeur général adjoint

RIYAD, Arabie saoudite, 14 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — L’hôpital spécialisé et centre de recherche King Faisal, ou KFSH&RC pour King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre a récemment accueilli le Dr Björn Zoéga en tant que directeur général adjoint. Cette nomination souligne son engagement en faveur de la promotion et du maintien de l’excellence en matière de santé. Le Dr Zoéga, réputé pour sa vaste expérience en gestion et sa maîtrise des politiques de la santé, rejoint une équipe dédiée à l’heure où l’hôpital continue de piloter des initiatives stratégiques clés.

Le KFSH&RC, leader de la recherche médicale et des services cliniques, continue d’attirer des ressources expertes à l’échelle mondiale pour renforcer sa mission d’excellence en matière de santé. L’arrivée du Dr Zoéga fait avancer la stratégie de transformation numérique de l’hôpital, conçue pour doper son efficacité opérationnelle et améliorer les soins prodigués aux patients. Son expertise dans la promotion de collaborations internationales, comme en témoigne son ancien rôle de président de l’Alliance des hôpitaux universitaires européens (ou « EUHA » pour European University Hospital Alliance) et sa participation à des initiatives telles que JOIN4ATMP, visant à promouvoir l’accès à des thérapies innovantes, concourent à un meilleur alignement des services du KFSH&RC sur les tendances mondiales en matière de santé.

Les projets clés de l’hôpital prévoient le déploiement de technologies numériques avancées pour standardiser les mécanismes propres aux soins prodigués aux patients, l’adoption de nouveaux modèles de soins et la modernisation de ses installations. Ces efforts stratégiques visent à améliorer l’accès aux services médicaux et à induire une meilleure communication à leur propos, et traduisent l’engagement du KFSH&RC envers l’établissement de nouvelles normes en matière de santé.

Les précédentes contributions du Dr Zoéga à l’hôpital universitaire Karolinska, placé au deuxième rang européen et au septième rang mondial du classement 2024 des meilleurs hôpitaux du monde établi par Newsweek, ont joué en faveur d’une culture d’apprentissage continu et de collaboration entre les professionnels de santé. Elles répondent ainsi parfaitement aux objectifs du KFSH&RC. Son rôle dans la promotion de programmes comme EUCARE et sa participation au développement des échanges intra Europe d’infirmières en soins intensifs en période de crise a considérablement renforcé le développement du personnel et appuyé l’objectif de son précédent hôpital d’attirer les meilleurs talents ; un principe reflété dans le parcours de transformation du KFSH&RC. Maintenant que le Dr Zoéga prend part au leadership du KFSH&RC, l’établissement s’apprête à renforcer son rôle d’acteur clé dans le façonnage de la santé de demain en Arabie saoudite.

À propos du King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre :

Le King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre fait partie des leaders mondiaux en matière de soins de santé spécialisés, et d’innovation, servant de centre de formation et de recherche médicale avancée. Grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec d’éminents établissements locaux, régionaux et internationaux, l’hôpital se consacre à l’avancement des technologies médicales et à l’élévation des normes de soins de santé dans le monde entier.

L’hôpital a conforté sa position de leader du secteur de la santé en Arabie saoudite et au Moyen-Orient, en se voyant décerner, pour la deuxième année consécutive, le titre de marque de santé la plus valorisée. Il se classe 9e du royaume et 28e au Moyen-Orient. L’hôpital se distingue en étant le seul hôpital du monde à figurer au top 10 des marques de son pays, comme le soulignent deux rapports de « Brand Finance » consacrés aux 50 meilleures marques d’Arabie saoudite et aux 150 meilleures marques du Moyen-Orient en 2024.

En raison des programmes de transformation et du projet royal « Saudi Vision 2030 » initié par Son Altesse Royale le Prince Héritier et Premier Ministre — que Dieu le préserve — pour renforcer le leadership du royaume dans le secteur de la santé mondiale, le KFSH&RC est devenu un centre médical universitaire de première importance dans la région MENA. En 2024, il s’est classé au 20e rang mondial pour la deuxième année consécutive selon « Brand Finance », et s’est également distingué parmi les 250 meilleurs hôpitaux du monde selon le magazine américain « Newsweek » cette même année.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez contacter :

M. Essam AlZahrani, Responsable des affaires médiatiques, 0555254429

M. Abdullah Alown, Coordinateur médias, 0556294232

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King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Dá as Boas-Vindas ao Novo CEO Interino Durante Suas Transformações Estratégicas

RIADE, Arábia Saudita, May 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) nomeou recentemente o Dr. Björn Zoéga como CEO Interino, confirmando o seu empenho em promover e incentivar a excelência no cuidado da saúde. O Dr. Zoéga, conhecido por sua vasta experiência em gestão e políticas de saúde, se une a uma equipe dedicada em um momento em que o hospital continua a impulsionar iniciativas estratégicas importantes.

O KFSH&RC, líder em pesquisa médica e serviços clínicos, continua a atrair experiência global para reforçar sua visão de excelência em saúde. Com o envolvimento do Dr. Zoéga, o hospital dá seguimento à sua estratégia de transformação digital que visa aprimorar a eficiência operacional e aperfeiçoar o atendimento ao paciente. Sua experiência na promoção de colaborações internacionais, evidenciada no seu antigo cargo de presidente da European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA) e com as iniciativas como a Join4ATMP, que visa promover o acesso a terapias inovadoras, alinha ainda mais os serviços do KFSH&RC às tendências globais de saúde.

Os principais projetos do KFSH&RC incluem a implantação de tecnologias digitais avançadas para agilizar o processo de atendimento ao paciente, adoção de modelos de atendimento inovadores e atualização das instalações. Esses esforços estratégicos visam aumentar o acesso aos serviços médicos e facilitar uma melhor comunicação, refletindo a dedicação do KFSH&RC em estabelecer novos padrões de saúde.

As contribuições anteriores do Dr. Zoéga no Karolinska University Hospital, que é o segundo melhor da Europa e o sétimo do mundo de acordo com o 2024 World’s Best Hospitals da revista Newsweek, onde ele cultivou uma cultura de aprendizagem contínua e colaboração entre profissionais de saúde, alinham-se bem com os objetivos do KFSH&RC. O seu papel na promoção de programas como o EUCARE e na facilitação do intercâmbio de enfermeiros de cuidados intensivos em toda a Europa durante crises melhorou significativamente o desenvolvimento do pessoal e apoiou o objetivo do seu hospital anterior de atrair os melhores talentos – um princípio espelhado na jornada de transformação do KFSH&RC. Com o Dr. Zoéga contribuindo para a liderança, o KFSH&RC está pronto para promover seu papel como ator fundamental na formação do futuro dos cuidados de saúde na Arábia Saudita.

Sobre o King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre :

O King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre é dos líderes globais de prestação de cuidados de saúde especializados, condução de inovação, e um hubs avançado de pesquisa e educação médica. Por meio de parcerias estratégicas com proeminentes instituições locais, regionais e internacionais, o hospital se dedica ao avanço de tecnologias médicas e elevação dos padrões de cuidado da saúde em todo o mundo.

O hospital conquistou sua posição como marca líder no setor de saúde em todo o Reino e Oriente Médio, marcando seu segundo ano consecutivo como a marca de saúde mais valiosa. Ele ocupa o 9º lugar no Reino e o 28º no Oriente Médio. O hospital se distingue como o único hospital do mundo a ser listado entre as 10 principais marcas do seu país, de acordo com dois relatórios da “Brand Finance” sobre as 50 marcas mais valiosas da Arábia Saudita e as 150 marcas mais valiosas do Oriente Médio em 2024.

Devido aos programas de transformação e à Vision 2030 do Reino, lançados por Sua Alteza Real o Príncipe Herdeiro e pelo Primeiro-Ministro – que Deus o proteja – para aumentar a liderança do Reino no setor global de saúde, o KFSH&RC surgiu como um dos principais Centros Médicos Acadêmicos do Oriente Médio e da África. Ele permaneceu em 20º lugar no mundo pelo segundo ano consecutivo em 2024, de acordo com o “Brand Finance”. Além disso, ele foi classificado entre os melhores hospitais do mundo em 2024 pela revista americana “Newsweek”.

Para mais informações, contate:

Sr. Essam AlZahrani, Dirigente Interino de Assuntos de Mídia, 0555254429

Sr. Abdullah Alown, Editor Sênior de Mídia, 0556294232

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MedSource Labs Announces Innovation in Safety, Accuracy and Functionality of IV Catheters

MedSource Labs Unveils ClearSafe Comfort® and TrueSafe Comfort® Blood Control Safety IV Catheters to protect medical staff and patients

[Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chanhassen], May 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MedSource Labs moves the needle in the peripheral safety IV market with the announcement of ClearSafe Comfort and TrueSafe Comfort Blood Control IV Catheters with groundbreaking active blood control check valve technology.

ClearSafe Comfort and TrueSafe Comfort Blood Control IV catheters provide significant benefits over other IV catheters.

  1. Safety: A new blood control device to significantly reduce the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens to the caregiver and patient.
  2. Precision: A translucent flashback chamber confirms vessel entry and ensures accuracy.
  3. Front-line functionality: The ergonomic design and non-slip grip ensure easy handling for healthcare workers.

 

“Healthcare professionals subject themselves to the risks associated with needlestick injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens every time they access a vein,” said Dave Kunelius, President at MedSource Labs. “ClearSafe Comfort and TrueSafe Comfort Blood Control Safety IV Catheters have been engineered to minimize these risks, allowing medical staff to better serve their patients without distraction or worry.”

These devices conform to the U.S. Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.

MedSource Labs is a leading medical product developer and supplier specializing in high-quality products and innovative medical product development. The ClearSafe Comfort and TrueSafe Comfort Blood Control Safety IV Catheters are part of MedSource Labs’ high-performing IV catheter lines focused on caring for the caregiver. See the TrueSafe Animations and ClearSafe Animations for a detailed view.

“Quality has always been a key component of our IV catheter products, and the ClearSafe Comfort and TrueSafe Comfort blood control products raise the bar for medical staff safety and patient care,” said Kunelius.

MedSource Labs is ISO 13485:2016 certified for quality management in medical device manufacturing, registered with the FDA, and the blood control catheters are 510(k) Cleared Products.

ABOUT MEDSOURCE LABS

MedSource Labs is a leading provider of quality medical products, specializing in high-quality products, equipment and innovative class II medical product development. For over two decades, MedSource Labs has been a trusted provider of quality medical products at a superb value. Recently, MedSource Labs has expanded into new markets and grown its international services and offerings, including a focus on the EMERGE product imagine/design/build process.

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Africa must harness innovative, digital solutions for economic prosperity – President Akufo-Addo


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says Africa must make conscious efforts in developing innovative and digital solutions to bolster socio-economic prosperity.

Aligning policies and regulatory frameworks to create an environment that nurtured innovation was critical to empowering the people for a more prosperous future, he stated.

The President, in an address at the ‘3i Africa Summit’ in Accra, said innovation and digitalisation remained the heartbeat of the continent and the engine of its shared prosperity.

‘So, let us equip the people with the portable, versatile skills they need to thrive in the digital age, providing them with the tools and knowledge to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of work and opportunity,’ he stated.

Ghana is hosting the Summit to explore and promote active collaboration between diverse stakeholder groups in key areas, and continuously drive innovation momentum across the continent.

It will feature plenary speeches, chats and panel discussions from Heads of State, seni
or government representatives, investors, prominent industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators

The Summit commenced Monday with an ambitious agenda, drawing together global leaders for a critical discourse on capital investment, value creation and policymaking.

It opened with the Capital Meets Policy Dialogue (CMPD), an exclusive policy discussion among major global players focusing on innovative solutions to pressing investment issues.

The Dialogue on Technology Transfer Agreements, led by Ghana’s Investment Promotion Center, took centre stage, exploring the pivotal role of technology transfers in economic growth.

The discussion underscored the importance of strategic technology partnerships in propelling economic development.

The Summit is structured around four pivotal themes – enhancing policy frameworks, increasing capital access, expanding the ecosystem for growth, and promoting sustainability within the FinTech sector.

It is staged against the background that Africa’s FinTech market is poised
for explosive growth, projected to outpace global averages by thirteenfold, spotlighting the continent as a key player in the global FinTech arena.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said the Summit served as a catalyst for dynamic collaborations that not only addressed immediate challenges but also laid the groundwork for sustained economic growth across the continent.

It was imperative to improve access to financial services, and create a more inclusive and equitable ecosystem, he stressed.

Through public-private partnerships and cross-border collaboration, he said, the continent had the ability to create a seamless and efficient FinTech ecosystem that aligned perfectly with AfCFTA’s objective of fully integrating a digital African economy.

‘By working together, we can unlock the vast potential of our continent,’ he emphasised.

Ghana, he said, had emerged as a good example of what was possible ‘when we embrace digital transformation’.

‘Our e-government initiatives, such as the Ghana Card and Mobile Money Inter
operability, have reshaped the landscape of public service delivery and expanded financial inclusion, the heights of which were once thought unimaginable,’ he noted.

Due to those innovations, today, some 17 million of the citizenry now possess a digital ID, linking them seamlessly to the critical services they need to thrive in the modern world.

‘Our FinTech regulatory environment has become a hotbed of innovation and competition, attracting the best and brightest minds from across the continent and beyond.

‘Our digital lending platforms have disbursed millions of Cedis in loans to micro, small and medium enterprises, fueling job creation, economic growth and the rise of a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem,’ the President explained.

Mr Dickon Amiss Thomas Mitchell, the Prime Minister of Grenada, said it was important developing countries invested in innovation, digitalisation and entrepreneurship to unlock their development potential.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Africa Prosperity Dialogues to unlock US$2.5tn for infrastructure development


The 2025 edition of the Africa Prosperity Dialogues has been launched with the aim to unlock investments of about US$2.5 trillion in road, rail, maritime, and aviation infrastructure to improve connectivity across the continent.

The three-day conference, to be held from Thursday, 30 January to Saturday, 1 February 2025, would be on the theme: ‘Delivering Africa’s Prosperity Through Infrastructure: Invest, Integrate, Connect.’

That is in line with the drive of the Network to unearth innovative ways of joining forces to bridge the continent’s infrastructure deficit and increase intra-continental trade.

The conference would be attended by Heads of States, business leaders, and the private sector players across Africa and other development partners from around the world.

Speaking at the launch of the conference, Mr Solomon Quaynor, the Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation at the African Development Bank (AfDB), highlighted the urgency with which Africa must raise capital to
address its infrastructural needs to accelerate economic development.

Mr Quaynor stated that the continent has about US$130 to US$170 billion infrastructure deficit.

He added that on a yearly basis, this infrastructure deficit also required a financing gap of US$70 to a US$110 billion, which is compounded by the goal to ensure that all infrastructure today is climate change resilient or compliant.

‘So, closing this gap remains the single important step we can take to structurally boost our economic development, make it more inclusive and competitive, and attain the Africa we want,’ Mr Quaynor said.

He stated that within Africa, there is about US$2.5 trillion in sovereign wealth, pension funds and life insurance companies that a percentage could be utilised to address the infrastructural challenges.

He, therefore, called for a collective effort to channel those funds into infrastructure development, with the Bank having taken the lead by creating institutions to offer credit that had catalysed some US$400
million in that regard.

Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, Minister of Finance, noted that infrastructure deficit continued to impede economic growth as inadequate networks of road, rail, air, and waterways made transport costs in Africa among the highest in the world.

He said the deficit, coupled with economic disparities, had pushed an estimated 546 million people into poverty on the continent, adding that the challenges required continental action and partnership to address them without fail.

‘We must redouble our efforts to invest in critical infrastructure projects, including transportation, energy, and digital connectivity, to unlock Africa’s full potential for trade and investment,’ Dr Amin Adam said.

Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Executive Chairman of Africa Prosperity Network, said the continent had reached a point in history, where unlocking prosperity, now more than ever, required prioritising investment in infrastructure.

Such infrastructure, he said would be a critical enabler in ‘connecting our people
through infrastructure and integrating our economies to create and spread opportunities and prosperity to every community.’

‘This is where we must now direct our collaborative efforts if we are serious about allowing Africans to do business across Africa and for our young people, who will build Africa, to see their future in Africa,’ he said.

Mr Otchere-Darko indicated that the 2025 conference would show what is being done, what has to be done, and what must be committed to in the areas of infrastructure, to facilitate the free movement of people, goods, and services.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nana Oye Bampoe sues ex-husband, demands US$1.5 million in damages


Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, a former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has sued her ex-husband Mr Tony Lithur, for libel over their divorce petition filed on May 2, 2018.

The two were customarily married on April 14, 1991, and the marriage was converted into ordinance marriage by the parties in January 1998.

On May 2, 2018, however, Mr Lithur, a senior legal practitioner, filed a petition for divorce against Nana Oye, which has been heard partly.

Nana Oye said in the divorce petition, Mr Lithur made false averments and caused the defamatory words to be published.

She is, therefore, demanding general damages of US$500,000 and exemplary damages of US$1 million.

She said in Mr Lithur’s response dated July 9, 2018, he again made false averments and caused them to be published to defame her.

Nana Oye said these false statements about her were maliciously and knowingly published by Mr Lithur in his divorce petition and response.

These were severally printed, broadcast and published across the wo
rld wide web, newspapers, broadcast channels, social media and by bloggers.

According to Nana Oye, the words and statements contained in the petition referred her to as an ‘adulterer with loose morals’, a ‘cruel and violent person, a lazy and irresponsible mother’.

It also portrayed her as a person, who though holding herself out as a human rights lawyer, was violating the rights of her household members with acts in direct contradiction to her profession, she stated.

She contended that Mr Lithur’s statement about her intention to purchase an investment property in South Africa soon after leaving office in the sum of US$350,000 to US$500,000.00 inferred that she was not only a corrupt person, but also abused her office to steal public funds to enable her to purchase the alleged property.

Nana Oye said due to the false averments and publications of the acquisition of investment property in South Africa by Mr Lithur, the OSP instituted investigations into corruption and corruption-related offences, money la
undering and illegal acquisition of property in South Africa against her.

She was, subsequently, admitted to bail, while a pending case was published against her by the OSP, making her engage legal services to defend herself.

Nana Oye denied committing any of the acts alleged by Mr Lithur, saying he published the defamatory words knowing very well that they were untrue.

The sole intention was to cause considerable damage to her and to disparage her reputation, she noted.

The former Gender Minister said because of these false statements and publications by the defendant, she had been seriously injured in her reputation and had been shunned and brought to public ridicule, hatred, scandal, odium, and contempt.

She said since the publication, she had been inundated with phone calls, insults, and humiliation.

She also had had to avoid certain public appearances and had to resign from lecturing at a particular tertiary institution.

She stated that she had since been ‘answering embarrassing questions and suff
ering humiliating treatments from different people, including strangers, associates, friends, family members, foreigners, some members of the international community, international acquaintances, and colleague professionals.’

Nana Oye is, therefore, seeking some reliefs -?including a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant jointly and severally, ‘either by himself and or his assign(s) from further making any averments or publishing or causing to be published, the said defamatory words or similar words.’?

She also wants Mr Lithur to retract his statement and apologise and cause the apology to be published on social media, including his Facebook wall, the website of Lithur, Brew and Company, on Twitter?(now X)?and the Instagram handles of the defendant, and all his social media handles.

It should also appear on the website of the Ghanaweb,?together with the website of Joy FM, Peace FM and Citi FM.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Eradicating Open Defecation: M-CODe issues 10-point demands to politicians ahead of election 2024


The Media Coalition Against Open Defecation (M-CODe) has issued a 10-point-demand manifesto to the various political parties in the country to secure their commitments towards eradicating Open Defecation (OD) as soon as practicable.

The 10-point-demand dubbed: ‘M-CODe Election 2024 Open Defecation Free Manifesto’ was launched in Wa alongside the inauguration of the Upper West Regional branch of M-CODe to influence political party manifestos for the 2024 general election.

The manifesto demanded the politicians to: ‘develop a clear roadmap for eradicating OD’; ‘prioritise the Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy and upscale successful projects like GAMA/GKMA SWP to metropolis in other regions’; and ‘support small sanitation businesses and service providers’.

Others are: ‘sustain and intensify the sanitation social norms campaign, make OD a performance indicator for MMDCES, develop a PSI on ending OD by 2030 and provide toilets in all basic, second-cycle schools and healthcare facilities by 2030’.

The rest in
cluded, establish a National Sanitation Authority, provide decent toilets along all major highways led by MMDAs in partnership with private sector and enforce the building code.

The M-CODe, in its ODF manifesto, expressed worry that open defecation was a ‘high-thick human behaviour’ prevalent in many communities across all regions in Ghana.

‘The Coalition believes that it takes a strong political will to confront the challenge of open defecation and that political parties, who in fact form the governments in Ghana, need to be brought strongly into the picture when sharing ideas for a fight against open defecation’, it explained.

It said the 2021 Population and Housing Census report by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) indicated that only one out of every four Ghanaians uses an improved household toilet.

‘The report also revealed that 17.7 per cent of the population practice open defecation for several reasons including the lack of decent household and institutional toilets.

The report further indicates
that open defecation varies widely across the sixteen regions, with the Savanna (68.5), Upper East (68.4%), North East (58.1%), Northern (55.3%) and Upper West (50.5%) reporting the highest proportions (GSS-PHC, 2021)’, the ODF Manifesto explained.

The M-CODe believes that if the government of Ghana, its development partners and any entity or institution mandated or interested in improving the sanitation situation in the country implemented those demands it would put the country on the path of ending open defecation.

It, therefore, expressed commitment to making the demands a central point in its advocacy against open defecation and pursuing the demands through effective partnership and alliance with like-minded institutions.

The M-CODe said it would also sustain action on the demands to achieve institutional and individual change in attitude towards ending Open Defecation in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency