West Africa’s Guinea is one of the poorest countries on the continent, with significant segments of its population living in a precarious state with limited access to food and nutritional care. Guinea experiences routine instability and ongoing ethnic and political conflict exacerbated by the internal migration from rural areas to cities, with the capital Conakry expanding beyond its capacity.
Following a deadly cholera outbreak in 2012, Action Against Hunger worked to prevent future outbreaks by distributing hygiene kits to those most at risk, improving access to clean water, and coordinating with colleague organizations to manage early warning and emergency response programs. Guinea represents our largest water, sanitation and hygiene program to date, with over 700,000 people benefitting from our efforts in 2012 alone.
Malnutrition is a serious problem in Guinea, affecting over 20% of all children under five years of age. To address the underlying problems that give rise to malnutrition, we take an integrated approach that includes providing lifesaving emergency care for severe malnutrition, teaching childcare best practices, and providing nutritional supplements to support treatment at home.