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Tumu Programme Unit

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Plan's food security projects are helping communities in Tumu grow food all year round

Sissala West and East districts

Area: 7,781 sq. km
Population: 149,019 (2002)
Districts and communes: 2 districts, 12 communes
Sponsored children: Around 6,500

Plan’s Tumu Programme Unit is located in the Upper West (Wa) region of Ghana and covers  Sissala East and Sissala West districts. Despite unfavourable climatic conditions, more than 90% of inhabitants depend on agriculture for a living.

According to the 2000 Ghana Living Standards Survey, the region has the lowest per capita expenditure in the country, about $147 per annum.

Poverty makes it difficult for parents to meet their children’s education needs. They are often forced to pull them out of school to assist in income generating activities. Intermittent draught and floods make the situation worse by threatening people’s homes and livelihood.

Programme highlights

Quality Health Care

Plan Ghana is working with government directorates and local non-governmental organisations to help bring health care to every community.

We support the training of community health workers to promote growth monitoring of children, reduce malaria and diarrhoea and also to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and other potentially fatal diseases.

Plan is also helping poor women and their children to benefit from a national health insurance scheme.


Plan Ghana works to improve access to quality education by supporting the recruitment and training of teachers, and providing textbooks, school supplies and equipment. We  also run school health education programmes in 52 schools and are piloting a feeding programme in one community, benefiting 350 children.

Water and sanitation

Plan Ghana works with the district assemblies to help communities and families access safe drinking water by providing boreholes and small water systems. We also promote household and school latrine construction – so far over 1,300 families have benefited from their own latrine. Community members are given training on good hygiene practices and water management.

Food security and sustainable livelihoods

Working with communities, Plan Ghana has helped build 8 small irrigation facilities which are providing food and vegetables all year round.

We also support village savings and loans associations which encourage people to save funds to start new businesses. Over 10,000 men and women are currently benefiting from the project and their savings value is over US$70,000. This project is being expanded to cover more groups and communities in the Upper West region.

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