Although Guinea declared its independence from France in 1958, it has been governed by a number of autocratic rulers, which has hindered growth in the country. Guinea is one of the world’s poorest countries, and political instability has taken a serious toll on its health infrastructure. Recently, the country was severely impacted by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Anglican Diocese of Guinea are supporting agricultural and economic recovery as well as the strengthening of health infrastructure in affected communities.
The program provides seeds, tools and training for farmers to grow food on their own land or on Church property to feed their families and generate income.
Additionally, the Church is strengthening the health infrastructure of Ebola-impacted communities by rehabilitating a health clinic and working with community health volunteers to encourage referrals for treatment of malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, the three leading causes of death for children under five.