General information on Guinea

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.
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More than half of the population lives in poverty

Children without parental care find a stable home in SOS Children’s Villages (Photo: SOS archives)
Children without parental care find a stable home in SOS Children’s Villages (Photo: SOS archives)
The Republic of Guinea is located on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa. Around 10.5 million people live in the country. The capital city of Conakry is home to around 1.8 million people.

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

Children playing together in SOS Children’s Village Conakry (Photo: SOS archives)
Children playing together in SOS Children’s Village Conakry (Photo: SOS archives)
  • 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.