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At a glance: Guinea-Bissau


In Guinea-Bissau, teenagers sing the praises of handwashing
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 15 December 2016 – For any aspiring musician, hearing your song on the radio is a major milestone. This year, 19-year-olds Lizidória Mendes and Venâncio Cá got to experience this dream come true when their song “Laba Mon Ku Sabon” (wash your hands with soap) was chosen as the winner of a Global Handwashing Day song writing contest, organized by UNICEF.

In Guinea-Bissau, exclusive breastfeeding protects the lives of infants and mothers
BIANGA, Guinea-Bissau, 2 August 2016 – The village of Bianga is located in Guinea-Bissau’s Cacheu Region, near the Cacheu river that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. It is nearly 100 km from the capital, Bissau, and accessed by a bumpy dirt road that disappears under the dense canopy of cashew and palm trees. The only sound to be heard is the call of birds and the drone of cicadas in the afternoon heat.

UNICEF-supported mosquito net distribution campaign helps fight malaria in Guinea Bissau
GUINEA BISSAU, Bissau, 8 November 2011 - Mosquito-borne malaria is one of the principal causes of death, underweight babies, and premature births in Guinea Bissau. To help fight this deadly scourge, the Ministry of Health, with UNICEF support, ran a mosquito net distribution campaign last week, which aimed to provide one net for every two people across Guinea Bissau – over 880,000.

UNICEF and partners aim to end harmful practices towards children and women in Guinea-Bissau
CANQUEBO, Guinea-Bissau, 4 October 2011 - Thanks to the intervention of the NGO Tostan, whose ongoing actions are helping to change long-held erroneous attitudes, customs, and traditions, the inhabitants of Canquebo village can now rest assured that the days of harmful practices towards women and children are numbered.

UNICEF initiative provides schools in Guinea-Bissau with proper water and sanitation facilities
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 28 September 2011 - Cia Ndjif, 16, is a fourth grade student living in Botchimil - a community or ‘tabanca’ in the Catió Sector. Every day, he must walk four long kilometers to attend primary school in Camaíupa. Adding to this daily challenge, in recent past, water and sanitation facilities at his school were non-existent, forcing Cia and his fellow schoolmates to openly defecate in a surrounding bush, mere steps away from the classrooms.

New law prohibits practice of female genital mutilation in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 13 September 2011 - This past June, the National Popular Assembly (ANP) of Guinea-Bissau approved a law prohibiting female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) nationwide. The controversial law had been on the table for discussion for 16 years, before it was ultimately approved by 64 votes in favour to 1 vote against.

Despite tragedy at home, Japan continues support for schools in Guinea-Bissau
BUBA REGION, Guinea-Bissau, 11 April 2011 – The Nhala Primary School classroom in Buba is filled with extraordinary excitement when students hear that they are about to receive textbooks. This textbook distribution, part of a major UNICEF programme supported by the Government of Japan, is the first one since 2004 in this fragile West African country stricken by political instability and poverty.

Children’s Parliament of Guinea-Bissau presents its ‘Manifesto’ to candidates
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 10 November 2008 – The Children’s Parliament of Guinea-Bissau last week presented its ‘Manifesto’ of young people’s concerns to 19 political parties and two coalitions campaigning for legislative elections that will take place here on 16 November.

Prevention and hygiene-awareness efforts aim to stave off cholera in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 6 October 2008 – Jose Turé is a metal worker here in one of the poorest countries in the world, and his life has been marked by hardship. He left his family behind in the town of Bafata when he moved to Bissau, the capital, in hopes of earning a better living. But the move to the bigger town brought with it a new danger: cholera.

Guinea-Bissau works to put child traffickers out of business
BAFATA REGION, Guinea-Bissau, 26 March, 2008 – At a remote police station in eastern Guinea-Bissau, Amandou Jau, 12, waited patiently to be reunited with his father. Amandou had been rescued from the clutches of a child trafficker who had sought to smuggle him across the border into Senegal.

Saving lives by distributing free mosquito nets in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 5 March 2008 – Awa Gras knows first-hand how deadly malaria can be for children growing up in Guinea-Bissau. She's given birth to eight children and malaria has killed four of them. The last to die was her four-year-old son, who returned from a soccer match feeling ill.

Rehabilitation and training programmes give girls a better education in Guinea-Bissau
CASSACA, Guinea-Bissau, 3 March 2008 – Like many girls in Guinea-Bissau, Mariama Sambu, 10, has a busy life. She rises at six each morning to help with household chores, which is no easy task when you share your small home with 18 other people.

In Guinea-Bissau, a victim of female genital mutilation/cutting calls for its end
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 13 November 2007 – Nhima Cisse, now 42, was 8 years old when she was cut. “I can never forget the pain and trauma I went through that day,” she says.

Guinea-Bissau school rehab programme: A better chance for girls and boys alike
CANCHUNGO, Guinea-Bissau, September 2007 – Isabel introduces herself very shyly: “My name is Isabel Luís Gomes. I am 15 years old and I always studied in the Cunha Gomes School. I am a sixth grade student. I should be almost finishing school, but unfortunately I was enrolled late.”

Vaccination campaigns give hope to women in Guinea-Bissau
CANTUBEL, Guinea-Bissau, 31 August 2007 – In June 2007, UNICEF launched a national anti-tetanus campaign in Guinea-Bissau. Over 330,000 women of child-bearing age will be reached in three rounds of vaccinations. Many of them have never had a chance to receive a vaccine.

Under the façade of religious study, children fall victim to trafficking
GABU, Guinea-Bissau, 9 July 2007 – Fande Djaló was sent to Senegal as a child ‘talibé’, or student of Islam, when he was only six years old. In Guinea-Bissau, where almost half of the population is Muslim, it is becoming a tradition for children – mostly boys from 5 to 15 years of age – to study abroad under a Koranic master.

Crisis response meets immediate needs of Guinea-Bissau families displaced by conflict
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 24 March 2006 – “Children don’t care if there is armed conflict going on or not,” says Governor Arlindo Pires of Cacheu Region in Guinea-Bissau. “They are more interested in having their stomachs full of food and playing with their mates.”




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