Sustainable Sanitation (SUSA)

Main Objective

To identify existing barriers to improved sanitation and propose business models for providing hygienic latrine technologies and waste management solutions that can be used in poor, rapidly urbanizing townships in Ghana.

Study Area: Dodowa DHDSS Area

The study is being undertaken by

  • 5 Ghanaian (PhD) students who have been given full fellowship award and
  • 7 Master Students who have been given research support for their theses.


  • About 86% of people interviewed by pour waste into open drains (MSc thesis).
  • 74% of respondents do not have toilet facility at Home (Msc. Student)
  • Lack of funds accounts for the highest reason why people do not have improved sanitation facilities.

   An open drain in Prampram                                  a poorly managed Shared Latrine In Prampram

  • Farmers in the DHDSS area have the willingness to accept  sanitation re-use for farming (Msc thesis)

Moving Forward

  • PHD studies ongoing.
  • Stakeholders meeting be held in 2014.
  • Dissemination  of preliminary findings in 2014.
  • A new Study on ‘Girls and Sanitation: Understanding teenage girl’s challenges and concerns on using and choosing sanitation facilities in Prampram will take off first week in March’This is an appendix to  SUSA Project.


  • No core funding for activities.
  • Power fluctuations- Cost of fuel for project-purchased generator.
  • Space for storing forms.
  • Field / staff accommodation.
  • Non absorption of core staff.
  • Infrastructural development.

Partnership with Districts

  • Proposal Development
    – IHTAS
  • Cash to facilities.
  • International Training in Implementation Research.
  • District Safety Committeez.
  • Data/Information Sharing.
  • Doctors to Hospital.
  • Vehicle
  • Polytanks

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