Project profile — Accelerated Sanitation in Northern Ghana


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (41122)
2015-03-20 - 2019-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Health, General: Medical education/training (12181) (5.00%)
• Basic sanitation:
Basic sanitation (14032) (65.00%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (25.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to reduce the burden of sanitation-related diseases and improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Ghana’s Northern Region. The project reaches 500,000 beneficiaries including 36,000 school children and 150,000 mothers; 120 schools and 60 health centers in 80 small towns. The project contributes to accelerating access to sanitation facilities and services in small towns to improve the health of Ghanaians. Activities include: (1) providing hygiene education and sanitation facilities (latrines and hand washing facilities); (2) improving sanitation and hygiene practices among beneficiaries; (3) increasing the ability of relevant district and regional institutions to provide sanitation services, and (4) facilitating private sector engagement in the sanitation marketplace.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) adoption of good sanitation and hygiene practices in small towns, health facilities and schools for improved health, including MNCH; (2) increased access to suitable household and institutional sanitation facilities (schools and health centres) in small towns in Ghana’s Northern Region; and (3) increased capacity at the small town district and regional levels to support improved delivery of sanitation services and engage the private sector in sanitation.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (June 2019) include: (1) an estimated 208,415 individuals have benefited from the installation of 17,851 household toilets leading to over 162,985 individuals now living in 456 open defecation-free communities. This has significantly decreased diarrhea and other illnesses related to fecal matter; (2) 58 gender and disability friendly latrines and 59 water facilities in health centres were delivered; (3) 36,502 school children have received access to 113 gender and disability friendly school latrines and 129 water facilities; (4) 37,871 young women have received menstrual hygiene management training in 264 schools from 1,185 youth media ambassadors and 9,099 child and youth ambassadors; and (5) 432,000 individuals were sensitised on priority hygiene messages with over 270,000 of these beneficiaries being women and girls.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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