Health services are extremely insufficient and access to education is far from satisfactory in Guinea-Bissau, a country which has been marked by intense political upheaval. Humanity & Inclusion implements projects to help ensure children with disabilities can attend school and provides support for Disabled People's Organisations, continuing their campaign to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are upheld and guarantee access to services.
Group of children in Guinea-Bissau | © C. Acworth / HI
Humanity & Inclusion runs awareness-raising activities in order to allow children with disabilities to enjoy the same rights as all other children. The organisation thereby provides training for teachers, head teachers and school inspectors at 12 partner schools.
In 2017, Humanity & Inclusion set up activities tackling the risk of HIV and disability. The organisation raises people's awareness of the significance of the impact of Humanity & InclusionV 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.
Humanity & Inclusion 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. Humanity & Inclusion suspended its operations in the country from 2008 - 2014, due to the political unrest and security risks. It returned to the country in 2015.
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 has 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.