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