GOOD AND INNOVATIVE WASH PRACTICES IN THREE DISTRICTS IN GHANA
Wassa East: aiming for 90% coverage by the end of 2020
Wassa East in Western Region is a rural district with a population of more than 105,000 people1. In 2015, the District Assembly looked for partners to help them address a crisis where 60% of water facilities were non-functional, and launched the Sustainable WASH for All programme.
The Ghana enterprise, Access Development, stepped up to provide NUMA purified water in communities willing to pay for water that is convenient and safe. The district aims for 90% coverage by the end of 2020 and full coverage by the end of 2023.
A Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme was launched with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to address low levels of safe sanitation.
Bongo District: Tackling the impact of fluoride
Bongo District in Upper East Region has a population of just over 103,000 people. More than 30 boreholes in this very dry district had to be taken out of use because of dangerous levels of fluoride. In 2015 Bongo District Assembly began urgent action with safe water as a top priority.
WaterAid Ghana launched a WASH for Public Health (WASH4PH) project in 24 communities focusing on schools and community health care facilities. In 2019 the District Assembly doubled its own budget for WASH: water coverage is now 84% and the Assembly expects to achieve full coverage by 2025.
The District Assembly and WaterAid Ghana have also been promoting Community-led Total Sanitation in communities and hygienic toilets for schools, health facilities and markets.
Asutifi North District: Striving for full coverage
Asutifi North is a district of about 65,750 people in Ahafo Region. The district assembly committed itself to full coverage by 2030 through a coordinated WASH master plan. The ANAM initiative brings together the district assembly, traditional leaders and development partners and has wide community support. Schools and health facilities have especially benefited.
In 2019, World Vision drilled 22 new boreholes and rehabilitated a further 34 with the District Assembly. Safe Water Network and the District Assembly have delivered two small, town networks with a third in an advanced stage of planning. Aquaya Institute provides kiosks and starter grants for water vendors.