KOICA project to improve lives of inhabitants

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Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has handed over a $4 million water, sanitation and hygiene project to Krachi East, West and Nchumuru Districts of the Volta Region.

The project, which was fully funded by KOICA, would improve the lives of the inhabitants in the catchment area.

The project was initiated in 2011 by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), representing the Government of the Republic of Korea and Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

The project had three major integrated components.

Component one involved the construction of water supply and sanitation facilities.

A total of 78 new boreholes were constructed in the three beneficiary districts.

Eighty-three existing but dysfunctional boreholes were rehabilitated

A total of 82 institutional KVIP latrines, three Limited Mechanized System (LMS) and 12 Pipe Extensions (PEs) have been completed for the beneficiary districts.

The second component of the project focused on Capacity Building Programme for communities and schools.

In all, about 120 communities have benefited under this component of capacity development.

About 240 schools with 14,000 school children have benefited as well.

The third component of the project covered Parasitic Disease Monitoring and De-worming.

Three rounds of parasitic disease monitoring were conducted by the Volta Regional Directorate of Ghana Health Service (GHS), covering 23 communities.

Vermicides were distributed for the treatment of intestinal worms and Bilharzia in collaboration with Ghana Health Service (GHS).

A total of 25,000 school children and 21,000 community members were covered under this component.

By Cephas Larbi

cephrok@yahoo.com

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