6.1 million people in Ghana do not have clean water.

23.5 million people in Ghana do not have a decent toilet.

Almost 1,000 children under five die a year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

Ghana is rich in natural resources but many of its people are unemployed or live in poverty. Access to basic services is often inadequate, affecting people's health and preventing them from escaping poverty.

The crisis

Ghana is one of the most densely populated countries in West Africa. Since the adoption of a new constitution in 1993, Ghana has become more politically stable, but a history of coups, food shortages and corruption means the country remains poor and indebted.

More than six million people don't have access to clean water and over 87% of people don’t have access to decent toilets. The three northern regions are particularly deprived, with one in ten children dying before their fifth birthday.

Our approach

WaterAid has been present in Ghana since 1985, working with policy makers and eight local development partners.

Water, sanitation and hygiene education projects are carried out in six out of ten of the country's regions, helping to improve access to water and sanitation for some of Ghana's poorest people.

Community-led solutions and systems are put in place to help empower local communities and people so that they can help themselves to take the first steps out of poverty.

In Ghana last year we reached:

  • 70,000 people with clean water
  • 49,000 people with improved sanitation.

Watch this short film to find out more:

A woman carrying a container on her head smiles. She is in a rural location.