Key Challenges for children in Guinea-Bissau
- Nearly half the population are living in poverty.
- Around 92% of people living in rural areas do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
- Outbreaks of cholera are common, and because children are generally less thorough when washing their hands, they are particularly vulnerable to this potentially fatal disease.
- More than 45% of the population cannot read or write – in some poorer areas 88% of females are illiterate.