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A health worker tests a boy for malaria while his mother listens.
USAID programs expand access to malaria testing and treatment in rural areas.
Faisons Ensemble/USAID


Under the guiding principles of the Global Health Initiative, USAID strengthens the health system for improved service delivery in Guinea in close partnership with government institutions, NGOs and civil society to foster good governance, transparency and equity in the provision of health services.


Malaria is the primary cause of consultations, hospitalizations and death in Guinea – it especially afects children under five years of age. In 2011, Guinea was included in the President’s Malaria Initiative, enabling USAID to scale up proven preventive and treatment interventions, and to provide emergency supplies of life-saving medicines in response to nationwide stock-outs.  Our partners in Guinea are not only procuring malaria commodities, they are also helping to strengthen health and pharmaceutical systems to properly store, distribute and use these commodities. They are building lab capacity, training health service providers and community volunteers, and improving health seeking behaviors at the population level.

To date, 1,590,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets have been distributed in the 2013-2014 campaign. Seven hundred thousand preventive treatments of malaria were delivered, over 1,530 health facility workers and over 655 community health workers were trained on malaria in pregnancy and over 200,000 people have been reached via home visits. More than 70 individuals have been trained as trainers for malaria prevention and behavior change communication. Close to 200 health and hygiene committees have been trained on data collection tools, and more than 85 lab technicians have received training on microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests and malaria commodities for complicated and uncomplicated cases have been procured.

Maternal and Child Health / Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The maternal mortality rate of Guinea is one of the highest in the world. USAID is scaling up evidence-based interventions and contributing to significant reductions in maternal, newborn and child mortality. We also help to expand access to quality integrated management of neonatal and childhood services and to improve infection prevention practices. This program includes fistula care activities encompassing prevention, surgical repairs and social reintegration.

Family planning uptake is still low with a stagnant modern contraceptive prevalence rate. We are integrating family planning services with maternal and neonatal health, including emergency obstetric and newborn care. Emphasis is placed on quality improvement of health services in the area of family planning, maternity services and infection prevention, pre-service education by enhancing the teaching skills of medical faculty and the national midwifery. 

We support community awareness and mobilization for birth preparedness, complication readiness, promotion of breastfeeding and family planning.  We've also helped make services and commodities available for most contraceptive methods.

Last updated: June 04, 2015

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