Ghana is located on West Africa's Gulf of Guinea only a few degrees north of the Equator, a tropical country which gained her independence in 1957. DERO cares and it partners work with some of Ghana's poorest people to help improve their access to water sanitation, social projects, education, and to promote good hygiene. According to Human Development Report (2006), Although nationally over 70% of the population have access to safe water, this masks inequalities between rural and urban areas. The national figure for access to sanitation, meanwhile, is still only in the high teens.
Infant mortality: 95/1000
Life expectancy: 57 years
Water Supply coverage: 75%
Water sanitation coverage: 18%
Below Poverty level: 39.5%
Adult literacy: 54%
Area: 238,538 sq. km. (92,100 sq. mi.); about the size of Illinois and Indiana combined.
Cities: Capital--Accra (metropolitan area pop. 3 million est.).
Other cities - Kumasi (1 million est.), Tema (500,000 est.), Sekondi-Takoradi (370,000 est.).
Human Development Report 2006, World Development Report 2006.
Bureau of African Affairs. Retrieved from on the 13th of September 2008 from http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2860.htm#people.