This fact sheet describes CRS' work in Guinea. Our current programming in Guinea includes the following areas:
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Our history in Guinea
Catholic Relief Services came to Guinea in 2000 at the request of the Episcopal Conference of Guinea. We provided humanitarian assistance to thousands of Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees who were fleeing civil war in their respective countries. We also assisted Guineans who were affected by other disasters.
Guinea has numerous natural resources, yet it is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 178 out of 187 on the United Nations Development Programme’s 2013 Human Development Index. It has a literacy rate of 41 percent, an average life expectancy of 54.5 years and little infrastructure.
What we do
CRS embraced an integrated approach to development in Guinea as the refugee crisis abated. The agency conducted food and nutrition programs for tens of thousands of refugees, as well as for Guineans who were affected by disasters or HIV and AIDS.
We implement programs through partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including local Caritas partners, government agencies, and local and international NGOs.
Our current priorities in Guinea include the following areas:
- Health, especially malaria and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)
- Justice and peacebuilding
Malaria and neglected tropical diseases
We are reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality by scaling up strategies for prevention and treatment. Thanks to a US$40 million grant from the Global Fund for the years 2012–2016, CRS is targeting 6 million people in 19 of Guinea’s 33 districts. The program focuses on
- promoting insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria infections,
- encouraging pregnant women to seek preventive treatment,
- treating simple malaria cases at the community level, and
- treating severe cases at the facility level.
Our partners include the Guinea Ministry of Health, Plan International, ChildFund and Population Services International. Various community-based organizations provide support.
We recently completed the first phase of a US$6 million grant from the World Bank to fight malaria and schistosomiasis at the source of the Senegal River. From 2009 to 2012, the program reached more than 443,000 households and distributed 700,000 nets for children. CRS, Caritas, the Ministry of Health and 20 local NGOs treated 637,000 school-age children for schistosomiasis. Bed net usage increased from 60 percent to 80 percent. The number of timely malaria treatments increased from 28 percent to 50 percent, and the overall number of people who sought malaria treatment increased from 57 percent to 74 percent. The program will enter its second phase during the years 2013–2015.
We are helping extremely poor and isolated children to attend school. Currently, 900 children benefit from this program. The project also trains teachers, improves school infrastructure and works with communities to support education.
CRS private resources are providing approximately US$150,000 to fund the program during the years 2009–2014. We are working with Caritas on implementation.
Water, sanitation and hygiene
We are providing potable drinking water to students and helping them practice good hygiene behaviors. The program is targeting more than 600 children for the years 2012–2016. The U.S. embassy, the Coca-Cola Foundation and CRS are funding the project for a total of US$30,000.
Justice and peacebuilding
We are supporting peaceful elections in Guinea. Our program has strengthened 20 civil society organizations across the country to observe and monitor the upcoming legislative elections. We expect to mobilize approximately 1,100 observers for a four-month electoral period. After the polls close, the local organizations will set up a permanent system for monitoring future elections. This is funded by a US$450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State for the year 2013.
For more information on our work in Guinea, contact our office at:
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Fact sheet: 2 pages
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches
Posted on April 11, 2013