The 10th annual Environmental Film Festival of Accra (EFFA) kick starts this evening at the British Council with a preview of the environmental channel TV series and a unique multimedia exhibition of environmental products by young pupils.
The week-long event, running from 19th to 26th September, among other things will assess the state of sanitation in the country after a decade of environmental education.
According to a statement copied to 233 Live News on Wednesday, the festival which has over the years been widely patronized by Ghanaians and foreigners alike will be dedicated to raising awareness about the significant relationship between Ghana’s environment, the high cost of public health and the health of individuals in the country.
A range of short movies and a feature film on the impact of the environment on health is expected to be screened during the festival.
Other activities that would be undertaken during the period include a technology and new media summit dubbed “Social Media Good 2014″. The summit is expected to provide a platform to examine the impact of technology and new media on initiatives that impact positively on the well-being of society.
The Festival will be crowned with a Grand screening and exhibition at the Creative Storms studios in Accra.
The statement said the focus of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Ghana on environmental sanitation arises from the huge public concern for the filth that has engulfed parts of Accra and other regional capitals of Ghana.
“The resultant effect has been the outbreak and the struggle to control cholera epidemic which has claimed over 90 lives with over 10,000 cases recorded across the country in 2014 alone. Whereas Ghana’s MDG target for sanitation for 2015 is 53 per cent, as of 2010, the national coverage for improved sanitation was only 13 per cent, according to the 2010 Ghana MDGs report.”
The statement said the festival enhances public awareness on the consequences of various sanitary practices on the health of the populace.
The Environmental Film Festival of Accra (EFFA) is a non-profit organization in Ghana that was founded
to primarily raise awareness on environmental issues through film.
This year’s event is organised in collaboration with Creative Storm, and has received support from Danida.
By: Jonas Nyabor