Today, after years of economic mismanagement and repressive rule, Guinea is one of the poorest countries in Africa standing at 178th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Poverty is also on the increase standing at 53% in 2007 compared with 55.2% today. Sixteen mothers out of every thousand die in childbirth ~ a figure amongst the highest in the world ~ one in five of the child population dies before their fifth birthday, one in five children is underweight with 30% suffering chronic malnutrition, illiteracy is high standing at 41% and dropping to 30% for females, school enrolment poor standing at 50% and in rural areas 35% of households do not have access to safe water supplies with just 11% having access to sanitation. This poor water supply leads to the spread of waterborne disease amongst the child population ranging from bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, to hepatitis A and typhoid fever.
In Guinea life expectancy is around 57 years and out of a child population of 4,872,000, 25,000 are AIDS orphans with 6,300 infected themselves. In total there are 370,000 orphans in Guinea. In addition to the street children who roam the capital of Conakry in search of an income an estimated 73% of the child population in Guinea is engaged in work to help their families survive. If all this sounds pretty grim, bear in mind that this poor country also hosts nearly 10,000 refugees from Liberia and a further 3000 from the Ivory Coast. Child sponsor programs in Guinea include supporting families, working with orphaned and homeless children, education projects including the building an equipping of schools and developing health care programs addressing nutrition and HIV awareness. They need your help to make a better future for the children of Guinea. You can help when you sponsor a child in Guinea Conakry.
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