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Guinea

Mercy Ships has visited the West African country several times in cooperation with national and local partners, to bring sustainable development

Capital city

Conakry

Area

245.857 km²

Poverty

43.7% of the population live below the poverty line of $2 per day

UN Development Index

Rank: 182 out of 191

Population figures

13.5 million

Doctors per million inhabitants

83

 

Languages

Fula,Maninka, Susu, 3 other tribal languages and French

Mission in Guinea

Partnership focusing on sustainable development

Mercy Ships first visited Guinea, West Africa in 1992. Since then, our ships have returned to the port of Conakry three times, most recently in 2018-2019, when more than 10,000 patients received assistance.

Local partnership has become a model for Mercy Ships in education, training and advocacy; building capacity in the next generation of dentists to serve the people of Guinea.

These dentists are now receiving training at the university, which Mercy Ships has renovated. It is now possible to learn up-to-date techniques in the dental simulation room, training lab and clinical suite. Dental students can now practice their skills on mannequins and patients in mentoring programmes, to complete clinical training alongside academic learning.

In addition to our regular surgical programme, during our last visit to Guinea, a partnership was established with the Gamal Abdel Nasser University in Conakry. This collaboration helped to ensure the next generation of dentists in the country.

Overview of the operations delivered by Mercy Ships in the most recent field service in Guinea

102

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERIES

486

MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERIES

148

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERIES

509

GENERAL SURGERIES

1,136

OPHTHALMIC SURGERIES

61

WOMEN’S HEALTH SURGERIES

Dental care is important to prevent diseases and conditions that can be serious and lead to pain, reduced work capacity and loss of quality of life. Untreated dental conditions can even be life-threatening.

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