Although Guinea is rich in mineral resources such as diamonds, uranium and gold, this West African country is one of the poorest countries in the world. Tens of thousands of people have no access to basic services such as clean drinking water, sanitary facilities and medical care. DIFÄM supports local partner organizations in establishing a functioning health care system.
Many development advance in Guinea fell victim to the Ebola epidemic that erupted in 2014. Social and economic life was severely affected by the crisis. The already fragile health system failed completely during the period: there was no infection control, Ebola patients were not separated from other patients, and the hygienic situation was catastrophic. The epidemic cost the lives of many health workers. During and after the epidemic, many people died of treatable diseases such as malaria or diarrhea because they could get no medical care - or did not dare go to the hospital because of the risk of infection. Even today, the population's trust in the healthcare system has not yet been fully restored.
Working together for health
To change this, DIFÄM has brought together all Christian churches in the country that work in the field of health and founded the RECOSAG network. Together, we are working to improve the quality of medical care in Guinea and restore trust in health facilities through training and digital e-learning courses, as well as counseling services.
In the forest region of Guinea, DIFÄM cooperates with Tinkisso, an organization that strengthens the local health system there, particularly in the area of children‘s and maternal health, and also actively collaborates with the local communities.