28.8 M
Total population in the country


18 %
Population with access to safely managed and basic service sanitation

drinking water

81 %
Population with access to safely managed and basic service drinking water

child mortality

Diarrhea related under age 5 mortality rate number/1,000 live births

Drinking Water Results

247.5 K
People Gaining Access to Improved Drinking Water due to USG Assistance (FY 2008 - 2017)*

Sanitation Results

170.6 K
People Gaining Access to Improved Sanitation due to USG Assistance (FY 2008 - 2017)*


Ghana has made significant progress in providing basic water services at the national level. However, only 36 percent of people use a safely managed water source, while only 18 percent have access to at least basic sanitation. Maintenance and management of existing infrastructure also remains a challenge, as population growth and draining of wetlands combine to make water scarce, and rapid urbanization is further stressing access to safe drinking water and sanitation in cities.

USAID’s water-related work in Ghana is done in partnership with the public sector, private sector, and civil society. This includes USAID’s WASH for Health project, which aims to increase the number of people in target areas with access to an improved drinking water supply; increase the availability of community-based health resources such as bore wells, clean water, and sanitation facilities; encourage individuals and communities to adopt positive behavior change; and strengthen the community’s ability to plan, manage, and maintain sustainable WASH.


Source: USAID Development Experience Clearing House (DEC) and specific water activity websites.  The funding level and start/end date shown here reflect the information available via the DEC or activity website at the time the activity was added to Globalwaters.org

*Includes access to both basic and safely managed services