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Guinea

  • USAID programs help improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in Guinea.

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  • USAID works together with the Government of Guinea to improve agricultural productivity.

  • USAID’s health efforts in Guinea include rebuilding trust between communities and health facilities after the Ebola outbreak in the country.

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  • One of USAID’s priority goals in Guinea is to end preventable child and maternal deaths.

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About Guinea

The West African nation of Guinea is predominantly a Muslim country, home to a population of approximately 12 million people, with natural beautiful landscapes on the ocean, close to the mountains, and in the shade of the forests. The country has the largest reserves of bauxite in the world, and is the second largest producer of the mineral. The agricultural sector provides a subsistence livelihood for nearly 80 percent of the population.

Despite massive mineral, hydroelectric, and agricultural potential, it is one of the poorest countries in the world, due in good part to a history of weak governance that is only gradually being overcome. The human and economic costs of a two year long Ebola crisis coupled with a collapse in the value of export minerals further stymied the countries progress. However, following a largely peaceful and fair presidential election in October 2015 and the end of the Ebola outbreak, the country is once again on a positive trajectory. Nevertheless, because of widespread malaria and other preventable or treatable diseases, maternal and child mortality remain high.  The agriculture sector is performing far below its potential to serve as the country’s engine for the generation of employment and economic growth. Significant governance problems remain, including low government capacity in planning and service delivery and lack of effective two-way engagement between the government and citizens. Our work increases quality health services, with a focus on malaria; reduces poverty through improved food security and nutrition; and increases citizen engagement with more effective and accountable government institutions and processes.

Last updated: December 27, 2017

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Mission Contact

USAID/Guinea
B.P. 603
Conakry Guinea
Guinea
Phone 
+224 3046 8715
Fax 
+224 3046 8714

USAID Contact

Richard Driscoll
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington
, DC 
20523
USA
Phone 
202-712-0814