Housing poverty in Ghana
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The population and the housing situation in Ghana is so alarming that the need for housing assistance cannot be over emphasised. Housing deficit is in excess of 1.2 million (Stated by the Government of Ghana).
Ghana needs 85,000 housing units annually (Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing). The over-crowded compound housing, homelessness and casualties as a result of rainstorms do not spare inhabitants of the rural communities.
Meanwhile most of the existing houses were built long ago and have never been renovated. There are an average of 10 to 12 rooms in a house (family house) and between 10 and sometimes even 20 people sharing a room.
Most of the rooms have poor or no ventilation and the walls are cracked, allowing dangerous insects to creep in during rainy nights. Women cook under the sun. Most of these houses lack basic amenities like toilets or bath houses.
Sometimes there is no electricity and water and women have to walk long distances to get water. Bathrooms are usually wooden structures erected outside the house (to the armpit or shoulder level) and a piece of cloth used as screens during bathing.
In rural areas, the children tend use the backyard as a place of convenience, because they are too young to use the public pit latrine.
The women have the additional duty of cleaning the backyard every morning to sweep these human wastes. These are some of the contributing factors to cholera and other health hazards.