How we’re helping in Guinea-Bissau

MSF emergency pediatric project in the national hospital in Bissau.
Guinea-Bissau 2018 © Raul Manarte/MSF
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Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by political instability for decades, resulting in a lack of development and weak public services. Health care is severely limited due to insufficient resources and qualified staff.

What is happening in Guinea-Bissau?

Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by political instability for decades, resulting in a lack of development and weak public services. Health care is severely limited due to insufficient resources and qualified staff. The main diseases affecting children in the country are respiratory infections, malaria, diarrhea, and meningitis. For newborns, the principal causes of death are asphyxia and neonatal sepsis.  Learn how you can best help in Guinea-Bissau and other countries.

How we're helping in Guinea-Bissau

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MSF projects in Guinea-Bissau

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Our teams manage the pediatric emergency room as well as the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units in the country’s only tertiary facility, Simão Mendes national hospital, in the capital, Bissau. We have established a triage system in the pediatric emergency unit to guarantee faster and more efficient treatment and have worked closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the correct protocols and treatment procedures are implemented to reduce child mortality. We also support Ministry of Health staff with training and management skills development. Please donate to support our work in Guinea-Bissau and other countries around the world now. 

Neonatal care requires many resources, but we have proved it is possible to go beyond the basics by introducing new protocols and technologies that are not usually in place in low-income countries. In order to address the needs of our most complex and critical patients, we have introduced new tools and technologies, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices for respiratory problems, incubators, C-reactive protein (CRP) tests for sepsis diagnosis, and specific infection prevention and control protocols.