245'857 km²

Poverty rate

35% of the population lives under the poverty line of $1.9 per day

UN Development Index

Rank: 175 out of 189





Physicians per million inhabitants

110 (in Switzerland: 4'200)

From August 2018 to June 2019

During the 10-month stay, Mercy Ships provided 2’442 life-changing surgeries onboard our hospital ship, treated more than 7’937 patients at a land-based dental clinic, and provided training and mentoring to 1’254 local healthcare professionals.

Guinea’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production. Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85% of the population. Guinea’s people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. French, the official language of Guinea, is the main language of communication in schools, in government administration, and the media, but more than twenty-four indigenous languages are also spoken.

The Guinea flag was officially adopted on November 10, 1958. Red symbolizes the struggle for independence, yellow represents the sun and the riches of the land, while green is symbolic of the country’s vegetation.

See an overview in the video below.

This is the breakdown for Guinea:
102 Orthopaedic surgeries
486 Maxillofacial surgeries
148 Reconstructive surgeries
509 General surgeries
1,136 Ophthalmic surgeries
61 Women’s health surgeries

Mercy Ships also provided more than 18,000 dental procedures in Guinea.

Mercy Ships doesn’t just deliver medical services. We believe in driving sustainable change in every country we are invited to visit.

In Guinea, we provided training to local healthcare professionals in essential surgical skills, obstetric anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia, primary trauma care, essential pain management, biomedical equipment care, neonatal resuscitation, the Ponseti method for correcting clubfoot, and implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist to reduce post-operative mortality rates.

We also mentored maxillofacial teams, surgeons, surgical nurses, anaesthesia providers and sterile processing staff. Mercy Ships also ran a nutritional agriculture training course.

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