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Guinea-Bissau

Health services in Guinea-Bissau are insufficient and access to education is far from satisfactory. The country has been marked by frequent and intense political upheaval. HI runs projects related to the vulnerabilities of people with disabilities living with AIDS to help improve access to health services.

Group of children in Guinea-Bissau

Group of children in Guinea-Bissau | © C. Acworth / HI

Our actions

HI has been working in Guinea-Bissau since 2000. The first activities were carried out in the field of functional rehabilitation, the economic inclusion of people with disabilities and the campaign against mines and explosive remnants of war. HI suspended its operations in the country from 2008 - 2014, due to the political unrest and security risks. It returned to the country in 2015.

In 2017, HI set up activities tackling the risk of HIV and disability. The organisation raises people's awareness of the significance of the impact of HIV on people with disabilities, collects data to improve understanding of the crisis, and supports civil society organisations to better include people living with disabilities in HIV control.

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African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

West Africa: Inclusive education is first step towards full participation of children with disabilities
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Inclusion

West Africa: Inclusive education is first step towards full participation of children with disabilities

Since 2012, Handicap International has been improving the school enrolment and attendance of 170,000 children with disabilities in nine West African countries through the “Promoting the Full Participation of Children with Disabilities in Education” (APPEHL) project. Sandra Boisseau, who coordinates APPEHL from Dakar, Senegal, explains what the organisation is doing to remove obstacles to education for these children.

Background

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Guinea Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world. Affected by chronic instability, there have been a series of coup d'états in the country over the last twenty years.

The government formed after the 2014 presidential elections launched a range of reforms. However, the country faces some very serious challenges: Guinea-Bissau has a high rate of disease related to malnutrition, in particular in pregnant women, which explains the high levels of mother and child mortality.


The health services are understaffed and staff are insufficiently qualified meaning these services are significantly underdeveloped. The education sector is no exception to the rule, just 64% of children reached the end of their primary education in 2010.

 

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