The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) released National Food Safety Guidelines to be implemented by Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana. The document provides a framework to guide MMDAs to address food safety issues that occur along the value chain. These guidelines will help local governments implement safe food handling practices by providing key regulations and standards that serve as templates for MMDAs to implement in their jurisdictions.

The SaniPath Tool was deployed in neighborhoods in Kumasi and Accra and the results revealed high levels of E. coli contamination on raw produce and street food. These results were used by local public health professionals to prioritize efforts to address food safety in Ghana. The new guidelines will be used to ensure the highest level of food safety standards are adhered to throughout the food supply chain to prevent fecal contamination from occurring and to improve public health. To view the results from the exposure assessments, visit the SaniPath Results Dashboard page and select "Accra" and "Kumasi" on the left-hand side of the page.

Photo credit and information: "MLGRD Launches National Food Safety Guidelines" by Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo.

  • Gerlach, E., Mallaghan, A., Mbalo, D., Büürma, M., Surridge, T.

The Climate Friendly Sanitation (CFS) project provided support to stakeholders to develop on-site sanitation (OSS) and safe fecal sludge management (FSM) in Lusaka, Zambia. The project started in December 2016 and was implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the context of the large, multi-donor Lusaka Sanitation Program (LSP).

The report "Towards inclusive, green city sanitation for Lusaka - achievements and way forward" reflects on the progress and impact of the CFS activities, including the deployment of the SaniPath Tool in four neighborhoods of Lusaka. The deployment was conducted in close collaboration with Lusaka City Council (LCC) and GIZ to inform risk-basked WASH interventions. LCC managed the data collection process, including collecting environmental samples from suspected contamination pathways, facilitating surveys, and collaborating with local laboratories. The recent report highlights the impact of using the SaniPath Tool in Lusaka.

"With the information generated by the SaniPath tool, LCC is already working from a more informed perspective. Inspections are becoming risk-based. SaniPath outputs have also proved useful for public education messaging: residents are more receptive to appeals backed by hard evidence."

Virtual launch of publication:

Our colleague from Makerere University, Dr. Richard Mugambe, presented results from a SaniPath Exposure Assessment performed in Kampala, Uganda during a session at the Stockholm World Water Week Conference entitled "Tools to Support Climate-Smart Sanitation Decision-Making for the Urban Poor". During the session, Dr. Mugambe spoke alongside speakers from the Global Water Pathogen Project and HyCRISTAL about how complementary tools can be used to address important public health questions, such as "What areas of the city are predicted to have the highest health hazard from exposure to excreta?" and "What interventions can be made to reduce health risks from exposure to excreta in the environment?". These study questions were addressed in a Kampala case study to demonstrate the utility of complementary tools for climate-friendly sanitation decisions.

A link to the presentation recordings can be found here.