Guinea

In Guinea, children are especially affected by poverty and their needs continue to be important. Terre des hommes has been working there for 30 years with programmes for mother and child health, specialised care, water, hygiene and sanitation, and for access to justice. We have the advantage of strong partnerships and our activities place particular emphasis on close links with the families and the beneficiary communities. 

What we do

Mother and child health

Special emphasis is placed on the care of acute malnutrition since 2003, averaging 450 children helped a year. We also ensure continuous training of healthcare staff in charge of monitoring children’s nutrition and caring for cases of malnutrition. We mobilise actors and do advocacy to promote the right to food and improved quality of healthcare.

Specialised care

We look after children from disadvantaged backgrounds who suffer from serious illnesses. When an operation is not possible locally, they are transferred and treated in Europe. On their return home, they are monitored and given help with their school reintegration. Our teams also fight against the caustic stenosis of the oesophagus in children caused by the ingestion of caustic soda, by making the community aware of the dangers and by giving training to the nursing staff. We improve the local healthcare system so that children affected by curable diseases can be treated in their own country.

Child protection

Our team strengthens the skills of actors in child protection and develops the child protection systems in the country. We fight against gender-based violence, mainly affecting girls. We give them medical and legal assistance. Victims of violence also benefit from psychosocial support. Home visits are undertaken to prevent violence and give advice to the families. We also help young people to get back to school or to start an apprenticeship.

Access to justice

For nearly 20 years, we have been ensuring respect for the rights of children in conflict or in contact with the law. We organise monthly meetings with various national and international actors in the field of justice and child protection. We carry out advocacy with government actors for the adoption of the Children’s Code – revised in collaboration with Tdh – that will make it possible to improve the situation of young prisoners.

"After a three-month-long ordeal seeking an end to the tunnel, we finally arrived there, my daughters and I"

Christine, operated in Guinea

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Terre des hommes in Guinea

Beneficiaries in 2018

88,778  people

Expatriate staff / National staff

2 / 36

2018 Budget

CHF  2,640,069

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1987
Terre des hommes starts working in Guinea.
2005
Launch of the first project to improve the health of children and their mothers.
2011
Beginning of a project in water and hygiene.
2013
Establishment of a regional project of the protection of migrant children.
2014
Beginning of the response against Ebola.
2017
Start of a justice reformation project.
2018
Start of a project to improve healthcare for mothers and babies.

Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2017
Infopage WASH_EN

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