PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN GUINEA

Guinea is one of the world's poorest countries, and its volatile political situation contributes to social unrest and human rights violations. We've been working in Guinea since 1989 to keep children safe, happy and healthy.

CHALLENGES

Our challenge is to work effectively in a difficult environment where more than two thirds of the population live in poverty.
  • More than a quarter of people don't have access to safe drinking water.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - each year, 41,000 don't live to see their fifth birthday.
  • Female genital mutilation is still widely accepted - more than nine in ten women have been cut.
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Students washing their hands using hygiene equipment supplied by Plan International.
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Children quarantined for Ebola wait for food at an aid-distribution centre.
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A girl learning to make soap as part of a vocational training program for young people.

How we're helping

Children have the right to a healthy childhood. We're providing the essentials - clean water and toilets - training health workers, immunising children against disease and fighting malnutrition, malaria and diarrhoea.

In Guinea, fewer than one in five people have toilets. In many villages, people have no choice but to defecate outdoors, which contaminates the water supply, creating waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera. Plan International delivers hygiene workshops in villages. As soon as villagers understand the health risks their children faced, they invest their own savings in building toilets and stop defecating outdoors.

Female Genital Mutilation is also common here. Raising public awareness is crucial and our campaigns help communities work towards abandoning the practice altogether.

Child rights remain central to everything we do - from educating communities about the right of children to be safe and well cared for, through to ensuring children have their voices heard.