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Area Boundaries and Demography

The Brong Ahafo Region was created on 4th April 1959 (by the Brong Ahafo Region Act No. 18 of 1959). It covers an area of 39,557 square kilometers and it is the second largest region in the country (16.6%) and shares boundaries with the Northern Region to the north, the Ashanti and Western Regions to the south, the Volta Region to the east, the Eastern Region to the southeast and La Cote d’Ivoire to the west. The central point of the landmass of Ghana is in the region, at Kintampo.

Two main drainage systems could be distinguished in the Region. The Black Volta dominates the Northern parts of the Region, while to the south, rivers like the Tain, Bia, Pru and Tano form the main drainage basins.

The region lies in the forest zone and is a major cocoa and timber producing area. The northern part of the region lies in the savannah zone and is a major grain- and tuber-producing region.

 

Economic Activities

Agriculture and related work is the major occupation in the Region. It is the main occupation for about two-thirds of the economically active group in most districts in the Region. Sene, the most rural district, in particular, has 4 out of 5 economically active populations in this sector. Significant proportions of the economically active persons are also engaged as Production, Transport operators and Laborers, Sales workers, and Professional and related workers. Techiman is the largest market centre in the region.

 

In addition, Sunyani Municipal and Berekum are urbanized districts, where sales workers are usually predominant. Professional, Technical and related workers are generally low in most districts but Sunyani Municipal and Berekum have relatively high proportions. These same districts also have appreciable proportions of service workers.

 

Administration

The region has a total of 27 districts comprising of municipals and districts with Sunyani as the regional capital.

Table: 1.1 Capital and Population of Districts in the Brong Ahafo Region, 2016

 

District

District Capital

Population

1

Asunafo North

Goaso

143,908

2

Asunafo South

Kukuom

109,308

3

Asutifi North

Kenyasi

61,374

4

Asutifi South

Hwidiem

61,318

5

Atebubu-Amantin

Atebubu

122,629

6

Banda

Banda Ahenkro

23,995

7

Berekum

Berekum

149,300

8

Dormaa East

Wamfie

58,658

9

Dormaa Municipal

Dormaa  Ahenkro

130,624

10

Dormaa West

Nkrakwanta

55,991

11

Jaman North

Sampa

95,969

12

Jaman South

Drobo

106,648

13

Kintampo North

Kintampo

109,309

14

Kintampo South

Jema

93,313

15

Nkoranza North

Busunya

77,319

16

Nkoranza South

Nkoranza

106,638

17

Pru

Yeji

149,297

18

Sene West

Kwame Danso

66,656

19

Sene East

Kejeji

69,308

20

Sunyani Municipal

Sunyani

141,295

21

Sunyani West

Odumasi

98,644

22

Tain

Nsawkaw

101,302

23

Tano North

Duayaw Nkwanta

93,311

24

Tano South

Bechem

90,646

25

Techiman Municipal

Techiman

170,604

26

Techiman North

Tuobodom

69,312

27

Wenchi Municipal

Wenchi

103,972

 

TOTAL

 

   2,660,648

Source: Population and Housing Census 2010 (GSS)

 

1.1. Health

According to the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey, the Brong Ahafo Region has seen significant reduction in Under-Five, Infant and Neonatal Mortality since 1998. Despite this achievement, it is still considered to be on the high side. The reduction in the under-five mortality looks encouraging but the neonatal and infant seems to be stagnating for the last 3 surveys. Moreover, most of the infant deaths occurred during the neonatal stage.

The GDHS (2014) rates placed the region as the second best performing region for infant and under five mortality after Greater Accra Region and the fourth best performing region for neonatal mortality after Greater Accra, Northern and Upper East Regions.  

The region in general has recorded a steady decline in these indicators except for infant mortality where the 2014 figure was slightly higher than the 2008 figure. More effort, however, is needed for some drastic improvement in the situation.

The current use of any modern methods of contraception among married women age 15-49 places the region among the best performers with 26%

 

Target Population for Public Health Activities

NAME

POP_ DETAILS

Number of districts

 27

Population

2,660,648

Growth rate

2.3%

WIFA

667,823

(25% of Pop)

Expected pregnancy

106,426

(4% of Pop)

Expected deliveries

106,426

(4% of Pop)

0 -11 months

106,426

(4% of Pop)

12 – 23 months

106,426

(4% of Pop)

24 – 59 months

 319,278

(12% of Pop)

10 – 19 years

337,902

(12.7% of Pop)

20 – 24 years

244,780

(9.2% of Pop)

 

1.1.1Health Institutions

The region had a total of 690 health facilities comprising 29 Hospitals, 82 Health Centres, 112 Clinics, 43 private Maternity Homes and 423 Functional CHPS. There were 1,393 outreach points in the region and 3,292 communities. Nine (9) districts out of the 27 districts do not have district hospitals, however, three of them have benefitted from the newly constructed polyclinics. The remaining 6 without hospitals or polyclinics are Asunafo South, Banda, Nkoranza North, Sene East, Sunyani West and Techiman North.

The region had fifteen (15) health training institutions in the following towns; Kintampo (College of Health Sciences), Tanoso (CHNTS), Sunyani (NTC and HATS), Berekum (NMTC), Goaso (Midwifery), Dormaa Municipal (Midwifery), Ntotroso (NMTC) and Seikwa (HATS), Kwapong (CHNTS), Yamfo (College of Health), Dadiesoaba (NTC), Sampa (CHNTS), Techiman Krobo (CHNTS), Wenchi (NTC) and Techiman Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery College (NMTC).

The total number of communities in the region are 3,292. Communities served by the GHS are 2,800 (85%) while the rest of the communities 295(9%) are served by CHAG and other NGOs.

 

 

Table 1.2: Health Facilities by Type and Ownership, BAR. 2015

Facility Type

CHAG

Government

NGO

Private

Quasi-Government

Grand Total

CHPS

-

558

-

-

-

558

Clinic

9

60

1

39

3

112

Hospital

11

9

-

8

1

29

Health Centre

5

77

-

-

-

82

Midwife / Maternity

-

3

-

40

-

43

Regional Hospital

-

1

 

-

-

1

Grand Total

25

600

1

87

4

825

Source: DHIMS, 2016