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Asutifi North District: A national beacon for hope for WASH

Published on: 02/06/2020

Asutifi North district was one of the three selected districts where successes and challenges in the provision of water and sanitation services were collected.

Anthony Mensah, District Chief Executive

Asutifi North is a district of about 65,750 people in Ahafo Region. The District Assembly committed itself to achieving Goal 6 of the SDGs by 2030 through a coordinated WASH master plan known as ANAM.

This ANAM Initiative brings together the district assembly, traditional leaders and development partners and has widespread community support. Safe water coverage rose from 4% in 2018 to 12% in 2019 and is set for another large rise from new infrastructure that came into use at the end of 2019. Schools and health facilities are especially benefiting from new services.

World Vision drilled 22 new boreholes in 2019 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 has provided kiosks and starter grants for water vendors to improve livelihoods and ensure payments will cover minor repairs. Water quality testing is being stepped up.

IRC Ghana provides a hub service to support the District Assembly with an office where partners work side by side. An ANAM website and monthly radio programme interact with the public and a WASH desk has been established in the District Assembly to handle feedback and complaints. ANAM is fully incorporated into the District Medium Term Development Plan.

Read the story Asutifi North: Collaboration makes water flow

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