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Save the Children has worked in Guinea since 1997. Our programs focus on the availability and quality of formal and informal education, improving health services for children and mothers and child protection. We also incorporate HIV/AIDS information into our health and education initiatives. Community participation is a driving force behind our work, which reaches some 570 communities and benefits hundreds of thousands of Guineans as well as thousands of refugees from neighboring countries.
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We build elementary schools, improve community participation in all aspects of school management, and encourage gender and urban/rural equity in primary education. The introduction of school libraries has also become a significant program activity. We have created school libraries in more than 40 villages to increase reading among children and encourage them to read with their parents. Literacy is an important issue in Guinea – less than one adult in three is literate and this rate drops to about one in five for females.
In collaboration with the Guinean government, Save the Children is increasing the quality and use of essential family planning and maternal-child health services. We deliver school-based health and nutrition activities to help children be healthier and stay in school. HIV/AIDS information is incorporated into our health and education initiatives. Projects have included organizing village health committees to promote health care for children under 5 and pregnant women, creating social insurance projects to support emergency obstetrical care and training traditional birth attendants. This is especially important as traditional birth attendants are often the only health workers in rural areas available to identify and treat children’s and women’s illnesses.
Save the Children continues to work with refugees in southern Guinea. While thousands have repatriated, our focus is on helping vulnerable refugee children and youth living in and around N'Zérékoré, a community in southern Guinea. Our staff and programs provide essential outreach to help protect those at risk. The activities encourage youths’ interaction with their peers, promote eventual reintegration into communities and prepare them to return to their homes in Liberia through skills training, apprenticeship programs and educational development. Last year, at-risk youth were identified and trained in French, English and computer skills; girls were trained in income generating activities.
Kokulo was just a baby when rebels attacked his family in Liberia in 2000. Both his parents were killed and he suffered serious head injuries. After the attack, Kokulo's aunt fled to Guinea with Kokulo. They arrived in Brebezou, where Kokulo was treated by a local herbalist. After three months they relocated to N'Zérékoré, seeking better treatment and living conditions.
There, the boy was taken to a mental health clinic where staff conducted interviews and psychological examinations. The staff concluded that although Kokulo was healthy physically there were some psychological and development concerns.
Our program partner — Today's Women International Network — has provided him with education at its daycare center and Save the Children has included him in its psychosocial activities program. Our field staff, who monitor Kokulo regularly, report that he is improving and doing well.
Guinea Facts and Statistics
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program
Last Updated September 2014