Fostering Inclusive Development in Ghana

Improving access to and use of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities by persons with disabilities

Ghanaian woman confidently using a modified pump superstructure
A Ghanaian using the tricycle and pump superstructure developed by Africa WASH & Disabilities Study.
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Team:
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World Vision Ghana
Africa WASH & Disability Study Team of the Collaboratory
UX Researcher, Site-Team Member
Client: World Vision Ghana
Team: Africa WASH & Disability Study Team of the Collaboratory
Role: UX Researcher, Site-Team Member

Summary

Challenge
Improve the access to and use of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities by persons with disabilities in Ghana through education and the development of simple, low-cost WASH technologies and modifications.

 

Outcome
My team and I conducted a workshop to promote disability awareness in World Vision Ghana. We also conducted fieldwork and focus group sessions as well as collaborated with local communities and artisans to develop and improve WASH technologies for persons with disabilities in Ghana.

Project Overview

Africa WASH & Disabilities Study partners with World Vision to improve access to clean water, especially for those with disabilities by improving water pumps, conducting assessments, and providing recommendations in Mali, Ghana, and Niger.

Site-Team Overview

In Summer 2013, I participated on a site-team trip to Ghana with some members from the Africa WASH & Disabilities Study project. My team and I conducted a workshop to promote disability awareness in World Vision Ghana employees. We also completed fieldwork and user studies to further facilitate business and technology developments in Ghana.

Examples of technology developments include:

  • Pump Superstructure Modifications: Addition of gradually sloped ramps and pump handle attachments
  • Transportation and Management of Water Modifications: Development of jerry can tippers and bucket tippers
  • Latrine Modifications: Height change of latrine chairs with hand supports to aid people with physical or visual impairments

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