USAID supports Guinea’s national health policy with an emphasis on strengthening local health systems to ensure community participation, stakeholder accountability, and transparency to improve demand for and access to high-quality health services. USAID’s support through the Global Health Security Agenda is helping build a resilient health system that is prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. In addition, through the President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID’s support to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) contributed to a nearly ⅔ reduction in malaria prevalence between 2012 and 2021.
“Notre Santé” Activity
USAID/Guinea’s new integrated local health health system strengthening activity, “Notre Santé” (“Our Health”) is now implemented in the regions of Boké, Kindia, and Labé and in the six communes of the capital city, Conakry. Notre Santé will increase the capacity and commitment of the local health system and improve access to safe, accessible, and affordable high-quality maternal, newborn and child health services, family planning as well as malaria control and prevention services for Guineans.
The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Evolve Project
Since 2022, in support of malaria control and prevention, PMI’s entomology activity partner, Abt Associates/PMI Evolve, works with Guinea’s National Malaria Control Program to maintain, and build the national system for the monitoring and surveillance of vector-borne diseases. Activities include expanding awareness of mosquito species capable of spreading malaria, studying insecticide resistance of these mosquitoes, and cross-referencing national routine malaria data with entomology data.
The Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) Program
Like several African countries, Guinea is disproportionately affected by the burden of poor-quality medicines. PQM+ addresses the challenge of poor-quality medical products in several countries. In Guinea, through PQM+, USAID works to strengthen the pharmaceutical system, to ensure access to safe and effective medicines, and to build up the country’s quality assurance system. By sharing scientific expertise and providing technical support and leadership, this activity helps to create more resilient local health systems.
USAID provides assistance to the national Neglected Tropical Diseases program for the control and elimination of lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm so that they are no longer a public health problem. Through the Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) project, USAID provides assistance to the national NTD program for the control and elimination of seven targeted NTDs in 24 health districts in Guinea.
USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement and Supply Management (PSM)
The goal of GHSC-PSM is to ensure the uninterrupted supply of health commodities including malaria rapid diagnostic tests, antimalarial drugs, and family planning products. GHSC-PSM has also provided technical assistance to scale-up the implementation of electronic Logistics Management Information Systems (eLMIS) in all urban health facilities. USAID activity partner, Chemonics, procures and distributes malaria commodities in PMI focus regions and provides technical assistance on supply chain management nationwide.
Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)
USAID’s support through the Global Health Security Agenda is helping to build a resilient health system that is prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. Activities under the GHSA include:
a- Global Health Security Project (FAO)
Strengthens zoonotic disease preparedness, surveillance, laboratory detection, human resources training, and response to outbreaks.
b- Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS)
IDDS brings to life initiatives and strategies that reduce global health threats posed by infectious diseases, focusing on strengthening disease detection networks and surveillance systems to address zoonotic and emerging diseases with the following goals:
Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of antimicrobial resistance in priority infectious diseases through an integrated diagnostic network system
Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern through sample transportation
Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems
c- Community Epidemics Pandemic Preparedness Program (CP3)
The Community Pandemic Preparedness Program implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) strengthens the ability of communities, civil societies, and other partners to prevent, detect, and respond to disease threats and preparation for future risks. Over 1,500 Guinean Red Cross volunteers have been trained in Faranah Region on community-based surveillance and are capable of sensitizing and alerting suspicious cases of diseases such as rabies, anthrax, polio and measles to animal health and human health services.
d- Breakthrough Action
Breakthrough Action has a global reach and works in partnership with the local NGOs and communities to encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors such as using modern contraceptive methods, sleeping under bed nets, and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases. USAID supported the development and diffusion of health promotion messages about COVID-19 vaccination focused on vulnerable populations, the importance of going to health centers, and the prevention management of measles, malaria, diarrheal diseases, and rabies.
e- Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator (R4D)
Support institutional and operational capacity building to increase the government of Guinea’s ability to operationalize the national policy for community health workers at the national and sub-national levels. Work with civil society stakeholders to advocate for sustainable domestic financing of Guinea’s National Community Health Policy (PNSC) and other health investments.
f- Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE)
Provide Technical Assistance to support the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Global Fund COVID-19 Response Mechanism (GFATM C19RM) to provide a coordinated, comprehensive response, identifying and addressing existing barriers that may slow or prevent current implementation in the country.