BOREHOLE DRILLING AND MECHANIZATION
BAF has executed the drilling of over 105 boreholes spread out within 32 communities in the Kwahu East district and have successfully mechanized 5 of such boreholes in the following communities: Pepease, Bokuruwa, Dwerebiase, Abetifi, and Nkwatia. All of these boreholes are fully functional. Aside the mechanized boreholes, BAF have also rehabilitated 18 old and nonfunctional boreholes in 16 communities. It is part of BAFs agenda to ensure the mechanization of at least 5 bore holes each year. Below is the list of communities and the number of boreholes drilled;
Table 1: 105 Boreholes drilled in 32 communities
|No.||Community Name||Number of Boreholes Fixed
|No||Community Name||Number of Boreholes Fixed
|11||Onyemso||2||27||Atta ne Atta||1|
Nana Agyei of Dwerebease community recounts the benefits from the Mechanized Borehole Project.
Impact: More community members now have access to potable water to augment the water shortage situation in these communities. In the year 2018 per the foundation’s assessment it was discovered that less than 20% of communities in Kwahu East District had access to potable water. This lead to school children having to queue for a long time or sometimes walk for long distances before getting water to carry out their household chores and to take their bath before going to school. This situation also affected adults who have to wake up very early in search of water before going about their daily activities. Some also have to share river water or streams with animals which may host other bacteria thereby leading to infections. This had adverse effect on the education of the children and health of those in areas that patronize streams and river sources of water. Since farming is the primary economic activity of most residents, the lack of water supply adversely affected farmers and their ability to provide food both for subsistence and commercial use. Thanks to this programme a total of 25,350 community members are now assured of portable water. We hope to increase this number as we keep mechanizing the numerous boreholes that have been drilled in the district. As a result of the 18 rehabilitated boreholes and 5 mechanized boreholes added, about 35% of the Kwahu East District population now have access to portable water.
NHIS REGISTRATION & RENEWAL
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was introduced in 2003 in Ghana but came into force in 2004. This was a policy introduced by the then government to enable Ghanaian in rural and urban communities have access to quality health care and help to eradicate the existing cash and carry system. But till date, most people in rural communities still cannot access quality health care not only because there are not enough health facilities available but rather most cannot afford to enroll themselves and their family members onto the scheme. This then prevent them from patronizing health facilities and resort to traditional concoctions and unapproved herbal medicines. Specifically, in Kwahu East, about 72% of the rural population that visit the health facilities did not have NHIS card making it difficult for them to afford the health care services provided to them. This finding led the Foundation to implement the Health Financing Programme where children below 17 years and the aged above 60 years were the targeted beneficiaries. Having identified the gap in accessing health care and difficulty in meeting financial obligations to equitable healthcare in the Kwahu East District, BAF collaborated with the National Health Insurance Authority’s office at Mpraeso for the registration of targeted people on the NHIS scheme. The programme has contributed to the reduction in the rate of rural people who visits the health facilities without NHIS card from 72% to 44% in Kwahu East District.
Electoral Area Coordinators, Assembly members, health staff and operators of information centers supported with mobilization of expired cards for renewal as well as clients for new registration. A total of 4,815 of targeted population have benefited from the NHIS renewal and new registration from June, 2018 to December, 2019 across communities in all the 22 electoral areas in the Kwahu East District. Most beneficiaries attest to the great relief that the registration on the NHIS scheme has brought to them and the fact that they can now easily access health facilities.
Children happily displaying their NHIS cards.
SANITATION (CLEAN UP EXERCISE)
BAF together with Zoomlion, KEDA and collaboration with the information service department (ISD) organized a cleanup exercise and sanitation campaign at Kotoso. This activity was aimed at improving sanitary conditions and promoting behavior change towards the disposal of waste in the community. To help sustain the success of the cleanup exercise, BAF donated 50 Waste bins to support efforts to improve sanitation and proper disposal of waste in the community.
AFTER: (Impact:Keep the environment clean and also prevent diseases such malaria, cholera).
Clean up at Kotoso community.
WATER DELIVERY SERVICES
The perineal water shortage in Kwahu ridge is one of the issues facing Ghana as country. Most townships in Kwahu East experience the challenges of getting access to clean potable water despite the high population numbers in these towns. To remedy this situation, the Foundation provided a 480,000 liters of water to some towns, health and education institutions. Again, the Foundation used the water delivery services to augment the supply of free water towards the fight against the novel COVID-19 pandemic in the Kwahu East district.
Impact: Institutions and communities including the Pepease clinic, Nkwatia health center, Abetifi clinic, Abetifi Presbyterian Senior High school (APSEC), St Dominic senior technical high school, Abetifi Technical and Vocational Institute, ABTECH), Aduamoah Township, Pepease Township, Nkwatia Township and Abetifi Township benefited and continues to receive several liters of water on weekly basis to support preventive measures of the COVID-19. The severity of the water shortage has reduced due to this project in the various communities
Community members queuing to have water from the Water Tanker Service.