Conakry, Guinea

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.

Guinea’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture and mineral production.

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.

The Africa Mercy will provide life-changing surgeries for over 2,000 adult and child patients, treat over 8,000 at a land-based dental clinic and provide holistic healthcare training to hundreds of Guinean healthcare professionals from August 2018 to May 2019 in the 10 regions of Guinea.

This is the breakdown of the surgeries Mercy Ships plans to offer in Guinea:

73+ ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERIES
388+ MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERIES
134+ RECONSTRUCTIVE PLASTIC SURGERIES
380+ GENERAL SURGERIES
914+ OPHTHALMIC SURGERIES
59+ WOMEN’S HEALTH SURGERIES

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 will provide training to local healthcare professionals in essential surgical skills, obstetric anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia, primary trauma care, essential pain management, biomedical equipment care, neonatal resuscitation, ponseti method and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

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

 

12.4

million inhabitants

110

physicians per million inhabitants

35%

of population lives in extreme poverty
less than $1.90USD per day (World Bank)

Surgical interventions and medical treatments

Ophthalmic surgeries
Women’s health and obstetrical surgeries
Maxillofacial, head and neck surgeries
Plastic Reconstructive surgeries
General surgeries (goitres, tumours)
Orthopaedic surgeries
Dental treatments

Medical Capacity Building

We foster transformational development within the healthcare structure of our host nation.

Main trainings:

World Health Organization (WHO)’s Surgical Safety Checklist
Essential Surgical Skills
SAFE Paediatric & Obstetric Anaesthesia
Primary Trauma Care
Biomedical
Team training for surgeons, anesthetists, and nurses
Sterile processing technicians
Essential Pain Management
Neonatal Resuscitation
Dental

Infrastructure Renovations

According to local needs, we help building the medical infrastructure of the nation where we serve, while providing suitable shore based facilities for our programs.

In Guinea, two facilities will be renovated for our use, and then turned over to the Ministry of Health once leaving the country:

« HOPE Centre » (hospital land-based extension)
Dental clinic

Dental clinic at the National Dental School

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