CRS in Guinea
The small coastal nation of Guinea remains one of the world’s poorest despite its abundant natural resources and rich culture and history. Bordering six other West African nations, Guinea’s cross border trade of goods such as rice, maize and cassava has made it a regional trade hub, however 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 five years, the country is still plagued by civil unrest and epidemics. Low levels of education, poor infrastructure and high levels of poverty have been exacerbated by outbreaks of disease in recent times. Although media attention is focused on the current Ebola epidemic, malaria, measles, meningitis and cholera are in fact still claiming more lives than the Ebola virus combined. Together with the unstable political situation, these factors threaten to hinder the country’s ability to meet its population’s basic needs into the future.
Country News and Stories
June 24, 2015
Surviving Ebola: Facing Discrimination and Fear
It has been months since Richard Lamah had Ebola, but the disease still haunts him. Stigma and fear make it difficult for him to find employment, like so many in West Africa. Catholic Relief Services and our local...
June 24, 2015
Surviving Ebola: One Woman's Story
"When I was infected, I was a dead woman walking, but now I am alive," says Lucette Valerie Korouma. The 28-year-old mother from Guinea survived Ebola but lost her daughter and home before she met Catholic Relief...
February 12, 2015
Training Health Care Workers for Ebola
At least 100 health care workers have died from Ebola in Guinea, undermining the ability of the health care system to continue delivering routine services. Catholic Relief Services and our local partners are organizing...
February 11, 2015
Ebola Outbreak: Protecting Health Care Workers
You're a doctor at one of the few clinics equipped to deal with trauma patients in a capital city. Several people critically injured in a nearby car crash are brought in. Some are bleeding severely. What do you do? Oh,...
CRS' History in Guinea
In the year 2000, CRS responded to the call of Guinean bishops to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of refugees from warring Liberia and Sierra Leone and began outreach activities from Sierra Leone into Guinea. CRS opened a country office in 2001 and became a country program in 2003. Until 2006, CRS worked on large-scale distribution 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, and peacebuilding. With the outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014, CRS has been one of the leading agencies in the effort to fight the virus in Guinea, working on both health and food security programming.