World Vision Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, has launched its 35 th anniversary in Accra with a report showing that each person in every community has access to about 15 litres of safe drinking water.
According to the organisation’s 2013 annual report, a survey conducted in 277 communities revealed that residents could only find potable water 30 minutes away from their homes.
Citing Kassena-Nankana East with the highest record of 97% access and Ga-West with the lowest rate of 72%, the achievement was attributed to drilling of 224 boreholes in various communities in the year under review.
World Vision Ghana has lined up activities from May to September this year to mark the anniversary after embarking on social intervention programmes such as helping deprived communities to improve hygiene and sanitation, and raising the nutritional status of children below age five, among others.
The report also mentioned sustained efforts of malaria prevention and management, increase food security and economic empowerment in parts of the Northern Region as some of their major breakthroughs.
Hubert Charles, National Director, World Vision Ghana, noted that improving sanitation and hygienic conditions contributed to poverty reduction and socio-economic development hence the provision of clean drinking water in all communities.
He pointed out that although the country is close to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets in the water sector, efforts should be directed to finding solutions to the sanitation issues.
‘To reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health, we need to increase access to clean water and dignified sanitation,’ he said.
World Vision statistics also indicate that poverty rate among households in the north is pegged at 62% while that of the south is estimated at 20%.
In the education sector, increased literacy among children with high commitment of parents to discussing issues in relation to academic performance of their wards was also indicated, coupled with remarkable immunisation records for children below age five in the Northern Region.
Collins Dauda, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, at the launch of the anniversary stated that government and developmental partners were undertaking projects such as the COCOBOD borehole project and the drilling of 20,000 boreholes nationwide to expand access to potable water to rural communities.
He acknowledged the contribution of World Vision Ghana and other stakeholders in the eradication of Guinea worm through the provision of potable water.
By Ernest Nutsugah
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