The region covers a geographical area of approximately 18,478 square kilometres. This constitutes about 12.7 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. The region is bordered on the North by the Republic of Burkina Faso, on the East by Upper East Region, on the South by Northern Region and on the West by Cote d’Ivoire.
The region is located in the guinea savannah vegetation belt. The vegetation consists of grass with scattered drought resistant trees such as the shea, the baobab, dawadawa, and neem trees. The heterogeneous collection of trees provides all domestic requirements for fuel wood and charcoal, construction of houses, cattle kraals and fencing of gardens. The shorter shrubs and grass provide fodder for livestock.
The Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana has began organizing a series of regional workshops for its members, t to promote and guarantee the highest quality of nursing and midwifery care to the public.
About 15,000 members of the National Pensioners Association (NPA) of Social Security National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in the Northern, Upper East and West regions would start enjoying their new medical scheme in February 2015.
The Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service has uncovered four different accounts used by philanthropist, Michelle McGowano, to divert funds meant for the treatment of three children with strange skin diseases.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Ephraim Avea Nsoh has expressed gratitude to all development stakeholders for sharing in his vision and showing high level of commitment towards the realisation of the dream since June, 2013.
District Chief Executive for Jirapa, Vivien-Nelly Kunko has reiterated her resolve to ensure sustainable development of the district when she met with chiefs and opinion leaders in the district at the assembly.