Guinea is one of Africa's poorest countries. Ongoing ethnic and political conflict has left citizens in a dangerously unstable state, with inadequate access to food and nutritional care. Guinea held its first free and competitive democratic elections in 2010 and 2013 respectively, but the country experiences routine instability exacerbated by the internal migration from rural areas to cities, with the capital Conakry expanding beyond its capacity.
Despite the potential of its natural resources, significant segments of Guinea's population have limited access to food and nutritional care. Malnutrition is a serious problem, affecting more than 20 per cent of all children under five. Access to water and sanitation is also precarious in many areas, contributing to the risk of disease outbreaks.
What we are doing
To address the underlying problems that give rise to malnutrition, we take an integrated approach to addressing acute malnutrition which includes:
- Providing life-saving emergency care for severe malnutrition
- Teaching childcare best practices
- Providing nutritional supplements to support home treatment for malnourished children.
We are currently responding to the devastating cholera outbreak in Guinea. Our focus is to prevent spread of the disease by helping community members understand how they can protect their families from the deadly epidemic through community-awareness sessions, and distributing hygiene kits and disinfection kits for health workers such as gloves, chlorine and buckets.