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Guinea-Bissau

In a country marked by political turmoil, HI strives to ensure that children with disabilities have access to education.

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.

From 2015, we resumed our activities in Guinea-Bissau: providing support to civil society, making education more inclusive for children with disabilities and raising awareness about HIV and disability.

Since 2020, HI has been working to ensure access to education for children with disabilities at the national level by supporting the creation of a General Directorate of Inclusive Education.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

Areas of intervention

Latest stories

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 country faces major challenges: malnutrition, a fragile health system, illiteracy ... In 2019, it was estimated that more than 29% of school-age children aged 6 to 16 are out of the school system.

Number of HI staff members: 12

Date the programme opened: 2000

 

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