Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/epidemic disease
- Social violence/heath care exclusion
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
Though HIV prevalence in Guinea is relatively low compared to some African countries, access to care is still an issue. MSF supports 5,800 patients on ARV treatment in Conakry and offers diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial support at five health centers and at an outpatient clinic in Matam district.
Teams also provide basic health services to pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five at three centers in Matam. In 2012, staff carried out 57,000 consultations for children under five and assisted 7,000 births. MSF handed over the HIV program in Guéckédou but supplied ARVs for 1,670 patients through March 2013.
Starting in April, MSF vaccinated more than 150,000 people for cholera—with a double dose of the a drug called Shanchol—following outbreaks in Boffa and Focariah prefectureas, the first time MSF or anyone else had used this vaccine reactively after the start of an outbreak.
Early reports showed that it helped reduce the number of new cases significantly. Staff also treated 50,000 people during another cholera outbreak in Conakry in June and conducted preventive water, sanitation, and educational activities as well.
MSF and community health workers treated 77,000 people for malaria in 2012, and MSF supports prevention and treatment activities in Guéckédou’s local district hospital, six health centers, and nine health posts.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 366 staff in Guinea. MSF has worked in the country since 1984.
David,* 25 years old, from Matam
I’ve been very sick for more than eight months. I went to a lot of health centers and hospitals here in Conakry. I tried everything, even traditional medical treatments. No one ever suggested an HIV test. Coming here, I was tested, and then told the news.
Nobody knows in my family except my uncle, who accompanies and supports me. These last months have been physically and emotionally exhausting.
*The patient’s name has been changed.