At a glance: Guinea

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In Guinea, renouncing the family tradition of female genital mutilation
LABE, Guinea, 11 February 2014 – Madame Doumbouya was in her early twenties when her grandmother passed away. The heirlooms passed down to her included red robes, a traditional mirror encased in leather and decorated in seashells, and a sharp, curved knife.

In Guinea, one girl’s story of violence reveals a commonplace nightmare
DUBREKA, Guinea, 26 November 2013 – Fatou, 12 years old, had just finished the school year and was looking forward to spending summer with friends, food and music, like girls everywhere. As she sat with her brothers discussing plans for the coming months, her aunt asked her to come for a walk.

In Guinea, groups of mothers work together to keep girls in school
MANDIANA DISTRICT, Guinea, 5 November 2013 – At the end of her first shift at the mine, Saran realized she had made a terrible mistake. Just 13 years old, she had been lured by the promise of wealth to be found in the gold mines of Siguiri. She had dropped out of school and, together with her friend Mariam, found her way to a mining camp 55 km away.

Manual drilling stations bring safe drinking water to Guinea's Boffa region
CONAKRY, Guinea, 27 April 2012 – The plains of Boffa are a sea of green – and yet there is no drinkable water here.

In Guinea, UNICEF supports an innovative school programme for children in conflict-affected communities
CONAKRY, Guinea, 26 April 2012 – At a new school in the town of Pamelap, students are benefiting from the ‘Learning Along Borders’ project.

On visit to Guinea, Mia Farrow sees needs and innovations in child and maternal health
CONAKRY, Guinea, 25 May 2010 – On a five-day trip to Guinea this month, world-renowned actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow noted the desperate need for increased investment in essential maternal and child health care.

Mia Farrow highlights plight of vulnerable children
CONAKRY, Guinea, 11 May 21010—Internationally acclaimed actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has completed a five-day mission to Guinea ahead of next month’s presidential elections.

Acrobatics help to keep children off the streets in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea 15 April 2010 - Bangali just turned 19. He lives in a very poor neighborhood of Conakry, next to a garbage dump. But, recently, Bangali’s life took an exciting new turn when he began learning acrobatics at Tinafan Centre.

Immunization drive aims to stop polio, once thought eradicated in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea, 26 March 2010 – Yeninka, 5, was born in a poor fishermen's neighbourhood in the suburbs of Conakry, the Guinean capital. She was healthy until a couple of months ago. Her father Soumah, a widowed fisherman, remembers what happened then.

Promoting hygiene and water treatment to prevent deadly diseases in Guinea
KAMBAYA VILLAGE, Guinea, 19 March 2010 – In the small village of Kambaya, the residents take water from unsafe sources that are contaminated with bacteria. Doing so leads to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera.

UNICEF supports Guinea’s health authorities in their fight against child malnutrition
CONAKRY, Guinea, 18 March 2010 − In the bustling atmosphere of the Therapeutic Nutrition Unit at the Ratoma Health Community Centre, a medical team is examining children who, when they first arrived here, were all suffering from malnutrition.

Health campaign critical to child survival in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea, 07 January 2010 - Statistics are showing that the health situation for children in Guinea has been worsening.

World Breastfeeding Week launches in Guinea
DONKA, Guinea, 4 August 2009 – Donka Hospital was the site of the launch of World Breastfeeding Week on 1 August in Guinea. This year’s theme is: ‘Breastfeeding, a Vital Emergency Response. Are You Ready?’ 

A synchronized campaign to eradicate polio in Guinea and neighbouring countries
CONAKRY, Guinea, 30 July 2009 – Guinea was polio-free from 2004 through 2008. As a close neighbour of countries where the virus is still present, Guinea was still eligible for mass polio immunization campaigns every year, but it was on its way to being certified as a polio-free.

Motorcycle ambulances helping to save lives in Guinea
KISSIDOUGOU, Guinea, 22 June 2009 – With the help of a motorcycle ambulance, Marie Tounkara was rushed to the emergency room to give birth to her baby boy. It was a close call, as she required a caesarean section to save the baby’s life.

UNICEF working to teach HIV/AIDS prevention to young people in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea, 26 March 2009 – Nene Gallé Barry sells charcoal in a very poor area of the Koloma quarter in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. She is 18 now, but left her home village 4 years ago to earn a living in the city. She has a boyfriend and is sexually active but, until recently, she had never heard of AIDS and had never seen or used a condom.

Committing to end female genital mutilation in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea, 23 February 2009 – Women in Guinea took an important step forward recently as the country observed ‘Zero Tolerance Day’ against female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) at Guinea’s ‘Palace of the People’ in Conakry.

A courageous woman from Guinea tells her story and fights violence against women
CONAKRY, Guinea, 14 November 2008 – Dyaritaou Bah, 23, was married at the age of 14 to a man who was 30 years older that herself. She was sent to live in Europe while her husband sent a stipend back to her family every month.

Guineans mobilize for water, sanitation, hygiene and handwashing
CONAKRY, Guinea, 30 October 2008 – Global Handwashing Day was celebrated on 28 October in Guinea with handwashing ceremonies in schools across the country.

UNICEF and ECHO save Guinean children's lives with Plumpy’nut project
CONAKRY, Guinea, 23 July 2008 – Mamadou Cissé is two years old, but until recently, he weighed less than a third of what children his age should weigh. Approximately 7 per cent of children under the age of five in Guinea are severely underweight.

UNICEF and partners support local community schools for Guinean girls and boys
CONAKRY, Guinea, 29 October 2007 – The people of Moribaya, 50 km from Conakry, have banded together to build a school for their children – one of the so-called ‘warehouse schools’ that provide elementary education to Guinean girls and boys, and are supported by UNICEF and the state government.

Centres provide a second chance for education in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea, 19 October 2007 – Although they may have different backgrounds, students who attend the UNICEF-supported Nafa centre in Conakry share a common bond – they are all getting a second chance to attend school.

Civil unrest in Guinea leads to rapes of women and children
CONAKRY, Guinea, 5 March 2007 – When Adelaid’s mother had to leave Conakry last month to forage for kola nuts, she left her in the care of an uncle to protect her from the violence that had overtaken Guinea’s capital city.

Amid unrest in Guinea, boy shot while playing football
CONAKRY, Guinea, 23 February 2007 – Mamadou Sidi Diallo woke up one morning last month thinking only about the football game he was going to play that day with his friends. By that night he was lying in a hospital bed, paralyzed on the left side by a bullet from uniformed men who shot at him and his friends on the field.

Poverty called ‘root cause’ of widespread demonstrations in Guinea
NEW YORK, USA, 14 June 2006 – A collapsing economy that is especially dangerous for children has ignited a massive strike in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

Football boosts girls’ education
LABE, Guinea, 6 April 2005 – Guinean girls turned out for a national football tournament this week in a bid to beat the boys at their own game and boost girls’ education.

Concern in West Africa as locust crisis worsens
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 – A 12-country emergency meeting in Dakar, Senegal has decided to use national armed forces to help combat the devastating spread of desert locusts in West Africa.


 

 

 

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