Together with its local partners, Simavi mainly works in two northern regions of Ghana; the Upper East and Northern Region. These regions are the poorest of the country. Hiv/aids is less of a problem in Ghana than in the eastern part of Africa. Therefore Simavi focuses more on the general prevention of diseases in the development projects in Ghana.
- Capital: Accra
- Under-five mortality rate: 74 per 1,000
- Maternal mortality rate: 350 per 100,000
- Life expectancy (M/F): 57 / 64
- Adolescent fertility rate (girls aged 15-19 years): 70 per 1,000
- Proportion of population without access to improved drinking water-sources: 14%
- Proportion of population without access to improved sanitation: 86%
Source: World Health Statistics 2012, WHO
Simavi's strategic focus for Ghana
Together with its local partners, Simavi mainly works in two northern regions of Ghana; the Upper East and Northern
Region. These regions are the poorest of the country. In the WASH sector, Simavi’s strategic focus can be described as a combination of support for poverty alleviation, civil society strengthening and policy influencing. It departs from the FIETS sustainability framework and a multi-stakeholder approach. As special focus we intend to support and stimulate the development and introduction of innovative finance mechanisms as well as the introduction of innovative approaches, methodologies and technologies that promote local ownership and have high potential for up scaling.
In the health sector, Simavi's programme will focus on progressive decreasing rate of maternal and infant mortality rates, knowledge on key health issues and access to basic reproductive health services, and strengthening of the advocacy strategy to improve equity in the distribution of health facilities and personnel.