USAID spends some $80m in Ghana health and education sectors in 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says, it has spent some $80 million on health and education sector projects in Ghana in 2016.

In an email response to enquiries from on how much the agency has spent in the health and education sectors of the country, the US Department of State agency indicated that the funds were spent on partnerships and activities, including for malaria, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, maternal, neonatal, and child health, water, sanitation, and hygiene. In the education sector, the funds went into school building construction, furnishing and teacher training among others.

The USAID told, that in 2016, more than $60 million went into the health sector and more than $18 million was spent on education sector projects, partnerships, and activities.

The agency has been providing construction support to the Ministry of Education since 2011.

“To date, USAID has provided approximately $23.4 million through the Ministry’s Funds Procurement Management Unit, resulting in the provision of schools and furnishings of 75 kindergarten blocks, 50 junior high schools, 45 toilet blocks, and 15 District Education Offices,” it said in the email.

It added that, through the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, USAID has provided approximately $3.8 million to support the construction and furnishing of six three-level school compounds in the Accra Metropolis.

“The purpose is to improve conditions of access and eliminate the multi-shift system.  All schools have been completed and are in the process of being handed over to the AMA.  In total, the six schools will accommodate over 4,000 Primary and Junior High School students,” it said.

USAID also works to improve the quality of education through teacher training, the provision of books, and improving school management systems, as it supports the provision of school buildings, it said.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
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