Guinea

Twins Al Hassan and Al Ousseini lie on a bed under a mosquito net delivered by Catholic Relief Services. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Twins Al Hassan and Al Ousseini lie on a bed under a mosquito net delivered by Catholic Relief Services. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Despite abundant natural resources, Guinea remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Poor governance and corruption have hindered progress since the country became independent in 1958. In 2010, the first democratically elected president took office and, after 4 years, the country is still plagued by civil unrest and epidemics. Although media attention is focused on the current Ebola epidemic, mostly because no cure exists for the disease, Guinea is currently battling three other epidemics (measles, meningitis and cholera) that are claiming more lives than the Ebola virus. The political wrangling that preceded the 2013 legislative elections is a sign of what will happen in 2014 and 2015 when municipal and presidential elections will be held. Given all of these events, and the potential that the country holds given its rich mineral reserves, Guinea needs all the support that the international community, including civil society organizations, can provide. Catholic Relief Services and the local Church have committed our efforts, and we need to sustain our support.

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Stats

Population:11,176,026 (July 2013 est.)
Size:94,926 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Oregon
People Served:6,530,943

History

CRS, responding to the call of Guinean bishops to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of refugees from warring Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as Guineans internally displaced by rebel incursions, started outreach activities from Sierra Leone to Guinea in 2000. We opened a country office in 2001 and became a country program in 2003. Until 2006, CRS focused our activities on the large-scale distribution of food and other subsistence means to refugees and displaced people. Since 2007, CRS has significantly supported national development efforts in health, community-level conflict prevention and resolution, governance, education, water and sanitation, and peacebuilding.

Until 2006, CRS focused our activities on large-scale distributions of food and other goods to refugees and displaced people. Since 2007, CRS has significantly supported national development efforts in health, community level conflict prevention and resolution, governance, education, water and sanitation.

Partners

Organisation Catholique pour la Promotion Humaine
U.S. Department of State
The Global Fund

Programs

Civil Society and Governance
Education
Disaster Response
Health
Peacebuilding
Water and Sanitation


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