In 2014, Guinea declared a national health emergency due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. By early 2016, over 2,500 people had died and nearly 6,000 children had lost parental care due to the epidemic. The epidemic has had serious effects on the country's already fragile social and economic fabric.
More than half of the population lives in poverty
Guinea has suffered decades of political and social unrest, partly due to the instability of the countries that surround it. For example, many refugees have arrived in Guinea due to the conflicts in neighbouring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. There are also internal tensions between different ethnic groups and political parties.
The instability has resulted in difficult economic conditions. The country remains one of the poorest in the whole world: around 55.2 per cent of the population live in poverty.
A need to improve access to health and education
Children are badly affected by the country’s precarious situation
SOS Children's Villages in Guinea
- Immediate response: In 2014 we provided food, hygiene kits, education material and psychosocial support in the most affected areas. We supported 401 households, which included 1,700 children.